Thompson & Co. Public Relations added experience to its Anchorage, Alaska, office with the addition of former NBC-affiliate reporter Abby Cooper as account executive and Sydney Brusewitz as account coordinator, as well as the promotions of Nikkie Viotto and Emily McLaughlin to junior account executives. In their new roles, each will work for a variety of the agency’s clients including managing social media, writing press releases and pitching media.
“We are excited to see our team expand and continue to grow,” said Jennifer Thompson, president and CEO of Thompson & Co. PR. “Each brings valuable assets to the agency and to the clients they are directly working with. Additionally, promoting within the agency is always our first priority and the growth within is also significant.”
A former NBC-affiliate news reporter, Cooper has a passion for journalism and storytelling. She spent more than six years with KTUU Channel 2 News in Anchorage, serving in various roles during that time, including weekend anchor, producer and multi-media journalist. Her experience covering a wide range of Alaska issues adds a valuable skillset to the Thompson & Co. PR team.
Brusewitz graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s in journalism and public relations in 2012 and Hawaii Pacific University with a master’s in communications in 2014. After moving to Anchorage in May 2015 for an internship with Thompson & Co., she was hired as an account coordinator at the agency. Brusewitz brings a unique background in strategic planning and writing to her position.
Viotto started at the agency in spring 2014 as an account coordinator. In her new role as junior account executive, she will continue to manage social media, write and pitch media for clients such as Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, GCI and the Alaska Railroad. McLaughlin came to the agency as an intern in the fall of 2013, quickly working her way to account coordinator before her promotion to junior account executive. She writes, researches and pitches media and implements social media strategies for clients such as Shell, Bristol Bay Area Health Corp., Alaska Nurses Association and Anchorage Police Department Employees Association.