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City native named to lead media relations

Tony LaRussa
| Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

A Pittsburgh native has been named to oversee the media relations department of a New York City-based organization that has been fighting anti-Semitism for nearly a century.

The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday announced that Todd M. Gutnick, 40, will serve as director of media relations and public information. He previously was deputy director of media relations and the news editor of the league's website.

In his new position, Gutnick will be responsible for overseeing all interactions with the media, including the coordination and oversight of the league's media outreach initiatives, both nationally and through its 30 regional offices across the country.

From 1992-98, Gutnick worked as a general assignment reporter for the Tribune-Review, where he also wrote about the arts and was a music critic. He has won journalism awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association, the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation.

Gutnick is a 1992 graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English.

"The media universe has changed dramatically over the past few years, and we continue to adapt to the changing needs of journalists and the new media," said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, which was founded in 1913.

"Todd brings to his new role the sensibility of an experienced journalist, an understanding of the issues facing the Jewish community and insight into the demands and challenges of the new media landscape."

Gutnick said it is "a tremendous honor" to have the opportunity to lead the league's media relations department.

"I feel privileged to work for an organization that is approaching its 100th birthday and is recognized as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kind," he said.

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