Mark Hannah is a media and political expert who has has been employed as a staffer on two presidential campaigns, a consultant on a popular reality TV show, a digital media strategist for a global PR agency, a blogger for PBS and The Huffington Post, a political commentator for Fox News, an adjunct professor of media studies at The New School, and an advisor to Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s start-up social media site, Waywire.
Hannah began his extensive career on the Kerry-Edwards campaign. His work here included the presidential announcement event, the Democratic National Convention, two of the presidential debate preparations and Senator Kerry’s residence on election night. After the campaign, the media expert conducted sensitive PR campaigns for high profile clients such as AstraZeneca, MetLife, the Monsanto Company, Anheuser-Busch, the NCAA, New York Presbyterian Hospital, the American Petroleum Institute and Yale University. More recently, Hannah has done advance work for the Obama for America campaign, Presidential Inaugural Committee and The White House. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, and has worked for the Society for New Communications Research. Hannah is also contributes to PBS's MediaShift blog, where he serves as their political correspondent.
Hannah received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to earn a Masters degree at Columbia University. As a former researcher at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, he helped analyze the network news treatment of terrorist threats directly after the 9/11 attacks. Hannah has made several recent media appearances on Fox News and is currently working on a book project titled Antisocial Media: Restoring Our Connections In A Media-Addled Age. Originally from Cape Cod, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.