Walsh chosen as Lower Merion's new publicist
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Walsh chosen as Lower Merion’s new publicist
Lower Merion Township Manager Doug Cleland on Thursday announced the appointment of journalist Thomas J. Walsh as the municipality’s new public information officer.
The move is expected to be confirmed by the township’s Board of Commissioners July 18.
Walsh reports directly to Cleland, and will be responsible for a comprehensive public information program, along with maximizing use of the township's Government Access Television Channel.
Walsh has more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning reporter, writer and editor, including stints at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Reno Gazette-Journal. While at the Business Journal, he performed weekend business news reports for KYW Newsradio.
Walsh has also worked for well-known Internet outlets such as PlanPhilly.com, Knowledge@Wharton, AOL/Patch and Commercial Real Estate Direct.
"Tom Walsh comes to the township with great energy and an incredible skill set in communications, journalism and media relations," Cleland said.
Walsh replaces Brenda Viola, who resigned in May for a job in the private sector, after serving as the township's publicist for ten years.
Walsh started his career with five years on active duty as a broadcast journalist and public affairs specialist in the U.S. Navy, and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. His first work day will be July 25.