Each of the senior counselors in the Ruane Communications network have worked in
major newsrooms across the United States, including NBC Network News, New York
Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Atlanta Journal Constitution. (Bios below)
That experience offers our clients top-of-the-profession media relations and professional
Our newsroom experience and extensive media contacts ensures that our clients'
messages will be considered. This is supported by a 20-year track record of consistently
placing stories on national television news, local television news, major national
newspapers, local newspapers and news & talk radio.
In addition, our staff includes award-winning and critically-acclaimed writers, providing
clients with a high level of professional writing.
JUNIOR STAFF - SOCIAL MEDIA
We have a dedicated social media staff of young professionals who manage our social
media communications. When strategically beneficial to our clients' objectives, our social
media team will utilize our professionally-developed content and extend the messages
across all communications platforms, including blogs and the most popular social media
John Ruane, President & Senior Counselor
In 1998, after writing for three national newspapers, the largest PR firm in
the world and a global corporation, John founded Ruane Communications
to provide clients with skilled and experienced counsultation and execution
in corporate and crisis communications. John has written for the Chicago
Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His
journalism background combined with his corporate and agency
experience has been essential in the success gained for clients
faced with a crisis. John's extensive media contacts across the
nation, along with his newsroom experience covering crisis news
events, have been the key factors in successfully gaining positive
news coverage over the years.
Dirk Johnson, Senior Counselor
Dirk is a five-time winner of the New York Times' Publisher's Award.
Dirk spent 16 years writing for the New York Times covering major
national stories including the shootings at Columbine High School,
bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City and numerous
national political races. He has also written for Newsweek and
the Chicago Sun-Times. For our clients, Dirk is a lead strategist,
conducts media training and plays an essential role on our crisis
Richard Valeriani, Senior Counselor
Richard is the lead crisis communications counselor for
Ruane Communications, preparing clients for the difficult
questions he would be asking as a reporter. Richard was the
national correspondent for NBC News for 28 years, reporting
on the White House, foreign affairs, political campaigns and
major national news events. The legendary newsman has
interviewed U.S. Presidents, world leaders and became part
of history, when attacked while on the bridge in Selma to
cover Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement.
Howard Wolinsky, Senior Health Writer
Howard is an award-winning nationally renown health care writer. He has
written for The Lancet, Cleveland Clinic, Molecular Biology Reports,
Anals of Internal Medicine as well as 27 years as the lead health care
writer for the Chicago Sun-Times. He is skilled at covering and writing
about scientific data presentations as well as less complicated health
announcements. Howard is a specialist for Ruane Communications
assigned to cover medical conferences to provide professional
stories to targeted health care publications.
John Gordon, Video Producer
John has worked with Ruane Communications since 2003 and
is utilized on special video projects. He has both journalism and
corporate experience developing high quality video. His background
includes news projects at CNN and local television stations as well
as several corporations across the United States. We call on John
when we need a news story produced, cut and ready to deliver to
news stations and the public.
Jim Roach, Film Producer
Jim is an award-winning 20-year film production veteran, working with
his brother John on commercial and indpendent film projects. We call
on the Roach brothers whenever we have a commercial or public service
announcement in our plan. They are highly creative, flexible and easy to
work with on the most challenging projects. They are the best!
(John wrote the film: The Straight Story)
Ruane Communications, Inc., 27 North Wacker Drive, Suite 221, Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 659-8646