Managing Director Ben Feller provides commentary before and after President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union on the set of BBC World News in DC with their lead Washington correspondent, Katty Kay. BBC World News America runs on both PBS and on the BBC World News channel, which has reach into 200 countries and 292 million households.
Ben Feller is the former chief White House correspondent for the Associated Press.
Mercury Announces Hiring KCRA’s Executive Producer Carolyn Becker and Bilingual Media Expert Argelia León
Sacramento, Calif., Jan. 14, 2014 — Mercury announces hiring KCRA’s Executive Producer Carolyn Becker and Argelia León who is a communications professional specializing in Spanish media, environmental and health issue advocacy to its growing Sacramento office. Mercury is a strategy firm that specializes in public affairs, brand management, crisis communications, and political campaigns, and government affairs.
“Mercury is focused on providing the most superior, highest quality work to our clients. We want our clients to have only the most driven and creative people in this space. Carolyn and Argelia are incredible additions to a very talented, diverse organization,” said Adam Mendelsohn, Mercury partner. “Carolyn has produced television news for over ten years and will help our clients understand exactly how to tell their story. Argelia has worked on a wide and varied set of issues and has great experience in the increasingly important Spanish language media. Carolyn and Argelia will give our clients an even broader and more diverse set of ideas, tactics and initiatives.”
Carolyn Becker will be a senior vice president and has more than 15 years of experience in communications. She served as executive producer for two major television stations in Sacramento and knows what it takes to shape a news story. She is a master at bringing ideas to the table and motivating others to do the same. Before joining Mercury, Carolyn was an Executive Producer at KCRA, the No. 1 news station in Sacramento, where she supervised the content and execution of several live newscasts each day. Carolyn also has experience at two other television stations in Sacramento, giving her a wealth of connections in California’s capital.
Argelia León will be a director and has a well-rounded set of skills in community outreach and media experience with expertise in educating audiences about complex policy issues and garnering support and engagement through grassroots activation programs. She has conducted bilingual outreach on issue campaigns and led media relations programs tailored to minority outlets including Univision, Telefutura, and Vida en El Valle. Ms. León played an instrumental role in developing, implementing and advocating policies linking health, air quality and land use for Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, a leading organization at the forefront of public health and air quality research and advocacy. As a trained journalist she has acquired excellent research and communication skills. Her areas of expertise include air quality, energy, transportation, and land use planning.
Mercury has offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles as well in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., North Carolina and Florida. Former Speaker Fabian Núñez and Adam Mendelsohn, former deputy chief of staff for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger head up Mercury California.
Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm. The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services that includes federal government relations, international affairs, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a bipartisan grassroots mobilization network in all 50 states. Our firm is not just led by top talent — we distinguish ourselves by having senior talent deeply engaged in each project from start to finish, a promise we keep to clients. The firm has an established national presence, with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.
Mercury is a part of Omnicom Group Inc. Omnicom is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.