About Mr. Communicator

Jonathan Lehrer

About this site: Several years ago, I had the foresight (or insanity – you decide!) to register the domain name “MrCommunicator.com” for a purpose not quite defined.

On my birthday, Feb. 1, 2011, I officially began blogging here, as a gift to my ego. (And I’m still waiting for that thank-you note.) The purpose of this blog is to offer helpful tips and perspective to professional communicators; and to share ideas and insights from friends and respected colleagues in this field.

More about this site: MrCommunicator.com is built on WordPress, using the “Twenty-Ten” theme, which I modified. The banner image shows Upper and Lower Wacker Drive along the Chicago River. It’s a portion of “Chicago at Night” an image I made using high dynamic range photography (see the entire image). The photo was shot across from Wolf Point on the Chicago River, facing southeast.

The lettering used on the banner image is a font I made of my own handwriting. (As I said above, this site is a gift to my ego.)

About me: With more than 30 years as a professional communicator, I am a public relations consultant with special focus on Internet communications, including social media, websites and e-newsletters. (So far in 2012, we have built a number of site. Here are examples of professional websites and blogs made with WordPress.)

During two years as director of marketing and communications for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, a Chicago-based social justice organization, I led the launch of a newsblog, several microsites, a YouTube channel and frequent ongoing enewsletters to JCUA’s constituency.

Following my graduation from Northwestern University with a degree in Speech (Radio-TV-Film), I was an editor, reporter and news anchor for several Chicago and suburban radio stations. In 1981, I joined the AAA-Chicago Motor Club’s public relations department, leaving 18 years later as vice president of public affairs, chief media spokesperson and editor of the 400,000-circulation membership magazine.

Eighteen years was a long time to be in one place. I left AAA to form a Jonathan Lehrer Communications (clever name, eh?)  focusing on member, constituent and customer communication for healthcare clients, nonprofits, small businesses and Jewish organizations.

In 2005, I co-founded Pukelis & Lehrer Communications (aka “The Message Engineers”). We provided public relations services and enewsletter communications for several multi-billion-dollar highway re-construction projects in Chicago.

Along the way, I became adept at WordPress, Constant Contact, Convio, Blackbaud NetCommunity, Survey Monkey, Facebook and social media. My firm is now listed officially as a Chicago-based Constant Contact Solutions Provider.

I occasionally give presentations and workshop on new media, speaker training and communications planning.

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