May 20, 2008

Flack Profile: Fred Baldassaro, Edelman

Image003Today we are bringing back our popular Flack Profile feature and we are kicking it off by featuring Fred Baldassaro, a vice president at Edelman. Check out our previous flack profiles here.

Hometown: Revere, Massachusetts (hometown of Kelly's Roast Beef)

How long have you been in your current position: Two years

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? President of the United States, but by the time I was in high school I wanted to be a sports broadcaster. And I haven’t succeeded at either one.

What college did you go to and what was your major? Emerson College in Boston. I majored in Mass Communication with an emphasis on broadcast journalism. It was a very intense program and got me ready for jobs in journalism and in public relations.

What was your very first job? I used to set up bingo tables at my grade school for $30 a week, but my first real job was working the cash register at McDonalds in the summer of 1990. I developed a crush on an older girl who worked there, but my abilities to work the drive-thru and operate the grill at the same time didn’t impress her.

Where do you get your news from? In the morning I watch the first 20 minutes of the Today show to make sure I’m not missing anything. At work, I check Drudge and the New York Times homepage every hour or so. I read the Boston Globe sports section every morning to keep track of my favorite Boston teams and recently set up a personalized Google page that allows me to keep track of many magazines, blogs and breaking news.

I have an RSS feed for Business Week to keep track of the latest business news that might affect my clients. I have found sites like Knowledge at Wharton and the Mavericks at Work blog to be great places to absorb new ideas and pick up trends in the business community. I also listen to podcasts to get more in-depth analysis of current events. And if I make it home in time, the nightly newscasts.

Daily Show or Colbert? I’m a big baseball fan so if I’m still up I’m watching the Sox or Baseball Tonight on ESPN at that time.

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