Former Associated Press Editor Joins Global Bipartisan Firm
Philadelphia, PA – Mercury, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm, today announced the addition of veteran editor and reporter Karen Testa to its best in-class operation. Testa has more than 25 years of experience ranging from local reporting to leading global coverage of breaking news and major events at one of the world’s largest news organizations, The Associated Press (AP). She joins the Mercury public affairs team as a Senior Vice President.
“We are excited to welcome Karen Testa to Mercury,” said Mercury Partner Mike DuHaime. “Karen’s decades of experience as a journalist are a tremendous asset to our distinguished national media strategy operation. Mercury continues to build the country’s most talented team of public affairs professionals, helping the clients we serve achieve success.”
Mercury is committed to bringing together accomplished leaders in all arenas to solve problems and craft winning strategies for clients. Testa served for seven years as the AP’s top editor for the Eastern U.S., overseeing the news report, hiring and staff development for 10 states, including all of New England, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as the regional publishing center based in Philadelphia. She led coverage of breaking news, the development of engaging enterprise and government accountability reporting. She also led coverage of major events, including the historic visit of Pope Francis to the U.S.
“I am thrilled to join the ranks of the exceptionally talented strategists at Mercury,” said Testa. “After more than two decades in journalism, I am ready to bring my proven skills and experience to a world-class bipartisan firm and deliver results for our clients.”
During her time at the AP, Testa pioneered the AP’s Sexual Misconduct beat team, adding depth and context to coverage amid the #MeToo movement. Prior to her work as East editor, she served as the AP’s New England editor, based out of Boston, where she led the coverage of the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11, the first state to legalize gay marriage and the Red Sox ending their 86-year World Series drought. She has reported from New York, Florida, Missouri and across New England on national and statewide political campaigns, terror attacks, natural disasters, social movements, professional sports, landmark court cases and compelling human interest stories.
A native of Georgetown, Massachusetts, Testa is a graduate of Syracuse University. While she maintains her Boston sports allegiance, she lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and two teenage sons.
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 global presence, with U.S. offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Tennessee, as well as international offices in London and Mexico City. Mercury is a part of the Omnicom Public Relations Group.
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