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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Announces new Communications Director

5/27/2008  3:56:00 PM

Mayor Announces new Communications Director

SEATTLE – Mayor Greg Nickels today named television journalist Robert Mak as Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor.

Host of "KING 5 News Up Front" and a news reporter at Seattle's NBC affiliate, Mak was recognized three times with the national Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Broadcast TV Political Journalism. He also won ten regional Emmy awards for investigative reporting and news programs.

"Robert brings a keen sense of policy and communications to our team," said Nickels. "He will be a great asset as we continue our key priorities of fixing our transportation system, protecting our environment, keeping our neighborhoods safe, and ensuring all Seattle residents access to safe and affordable housing."

"Mayor Nickels has led a successful agenda addressing climate change, improving transportation, and fostering healthy neighborhoods," said Mak. "With the Mayor committed to supporting better schools and creating more economic opportunities for all, this is an exciting time to join the City of Seattle."

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Mak joined Madison's CBS affiliate in 1987 after working in radio and print. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

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