Michael McKeon is a Partner of Mercury, specializing in crisis communications, media relations and public affairs campaign management. Mike’s experience in government, politics and journalism gives him a unique understanding of how the news media frames current events and opinions; it’s an understanding born of more than 10 years working as a reporter for three New York newspapers and winning several awards for local and political reporting. Mike was featured on City & State’s Albany “Power 100” List in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the New York Observer’s “Albany’s Top 40 Power Players” in 2014 and 2015, and has been recognized as one of the top strategists in New York State.
During his time with Mercury, Mike has facilitated multiple mergers and new development projects for corporate clients. Mike has helped Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and industry associations wage winning campaigns in New York City and Albany through a leading combination of government relations and public affairs strategy. Mike also provides crisis communications counsel to some of the world’s top companies and individuals thrust into the media spotlight – both preparing leaders for future challenges and anticipating unforeseeable events.
Previously, Mike served as the Executive Director of Republicans for Governor Andrew Cuomo, helping Governor Andrew Cuomo build bipartisan support for his overwhelming victory in 2010. Mike has also held senior advisor roles for numerous political campaigns ranging from Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign and Jeanine Pirro’s 2006 bid for New York State Attorney General to Governor George Pataki's successful re-election campaigns in 1998 and 2002. Prior to joining Mercury, Mike served as New York Governor Pataki's Director of Communications. In the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Mike worked closely with Governor Pataki to help manage the State's response to the crisis. As the Governor's chief liaison on September 11th issues to City Hall and family groups, Mike worked closely with then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and White House senior staff on ceremonies marking the first anniversary of the September 11th attacks. After leaving government, Mike was appointed by Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg to serve as a member of the distinguished panel of judges for the International World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition, which selected the memorial for Ground Zero.
Mike is a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Manhasset, New York. He is the proud father of Maura, Jack, Caroline and Sean.