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BGR Public Relations: A World Class strategic communications, media relations and issue advocacy firm
When our firm started more than two decades ago, clients didn’t want help with the media as part of our service. Now, almost every client wants – and needs – public relations advice. BGR Public Relations fulfills that need in a big and unique way.

Led by award-winning TV and print journalist Jeff Birnbaum, BGR PR specializes in explaining how reporters think – and how they decide what news is from their perspective – in ways that conventional PR people simply cannot. BGR PR’s writing skills are also exceptional.

Jeff is one of Washington’s most distinguished and accomplished journalists. For more than 30 years, he has operated at the city’s top echelon. He worked for 16 years at the Wall Street Journal, covering Congress, tax legislation, politics and the White House. He was a senior political correspondent for Time Magazine, the Washington bureau chief of Fortune Magazine and a columnist for the Washington Post. He is also the author of four books about official Washington and has been a Fox News political analyst for more than a dozen years.

Jeff is joined by Jo Maney, a well-regarded leadership aide in Congress who dealt daily with reporters on Capitol Hill and from around the world, and Frank Ahrens, an 18-year veteran of the Washington Post who went on to lead global corporate communications at the auto maker Hyundai.

Prior to BGR, Jo Maney worked on Capitol Hill for 14 years, most of them as Communication Director for the powerful House Rules Committee, the traffic cop for all significant legislation that moves through the House of Representatives. She complements Jeff perfectly because she worked from the inside to help develop communications strategies for the major stories that Jeff covered as a reporter, including anti-terrorism, economic stimulation and health care reform. At BGR PR, Jo’s responsibilities have included issue campaigns for transportation, financial services and international clients.

Frank Ahrens led Hyundai’s public relations efforts worldwide for three years. He created the company’s first English-language corporate media site including a blog, Twitter feed and media library. He also worked closely with Hyundai government affairs offices in Washington and Brussels on breaking and long-range issues including labor, energy and trade. As a reporter and editor at the Washington Post, Frank covered the Federal Communications Commission, corporate and business news and the global financial crisis of 2008. He now works extensively with foreign governments and international clients.

Jeff, Jo and Frank work closely with Sam Amsterdam, BGR’s Head of Digital Communications, and Emily McCarney who organizes media events and outreach. Together, they frequently partner with BGR’s office in London and are exactly the kinds of experts clients need to deal with crises, to advance policy goals, to conduct issue campaigns and to disseminate key messages widely and in the world’s most prestigious publications – on air, in print and online.

The public relations team works in tandem with the firm’s lobbyists and also has clients of its own. Services include: crisis communications, public policy campaigns, coalition management, online and social media outreach, foreign-government representation and straight-up corporate PR. Jeff has also developed a cottage industry of rebranding trade associations by choreographing the roll outs of their newly chosen chief executives.

BGR Public Relations specializes in:
Message development and media training
Opinion leader outreach and elite media placement
Crisis communications and reputation management
Op Ed preparation and placement
Earned and paid media planning and execution
Effective digital strategies and video services
Issue advocacy campaigns and event coordination
BGR Digital and Social Media Practice
Reputations can be made and lost in seconds online. That’s why BGR offers a robust web design and social media practice. From development to day-to-day operations, we pride ourselves on delivering measurable results and transforming our clients into active players in a global online world.

We design and maintain next-generation websites and manage the latest social media. We also craft online messages that resonate with key audiences, improve online positioning through search engine optimization, conduct online petition drives and provide detailed analytics to demonstrate what our work has actually accomplished.

Compelling, next-generation website design
Comprehensive social media campaigns
Multimedia production and promotion
Creation of clear, attractive content
Outreach to new media editors and writers

The web has forever changed the rules of communication. Content-rich websites, blogs, YouTube videos, e-books and other online media are necessary tools in the modern age. No communications effort is complete without an online component. BGR’s online services are first rate.

Company President
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum



BGR Public Relations Leaders Include:
Jo Maney
Frank Ahrens
Samuel Amsterdam
Emily McCarney
Representative Clients Include:
Airlines for America
American Chambers of Commerce – China, Shanghai
American Insurance Association
Chevron Corporation
Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates
Embassy of Kazakhstan (London, UK)
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Outdoor Advertising Association of America
Republic of India
Republic of Bangladesh
Select Medical Corporation
US Green Building Council
With BGR at your side, you have a powerhouse partner in global government, commerce and media. BGR provides proven success in lobbying, crisis management and media relations. Contact BGR now to consider your next move.
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