April 04, 2011

Levine Leaves ABC News, Townsend Returns as New VP of Communications

ABC News logo First reported on PR Newser, Cathie Levine Isay has stepped down as VP of Communications for ABC News.  Levine first joined the network in 2001 as a Publicist for World News Tonight and has since worked with anchors Peter Jennings and Diane Sawyer and promoted the network’s coverage of the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections.

Julie Townsend has been named the new VP of Communications.  Townsend comes from Emanate Public Relations, where she served as VP, Client Service and worked with clients including Bank of America and Embassy Suites.  For Townsend this is a return to a former employer.  She previously worked at ABC News from 2003-2005, rising to the level of Director of Media Relations where she launched ABC News Now.  At that time she left ABC News for NBC Universal where she served as Director of Corporate Communications.  She was also a Legislative Assistant at UPS.  Townsend is a graduate of Davidson College.  (PR Newser)

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