CLEVELAND—Dix & Eaton has promoted Amy McGahan and David Hertz, two key members of its media relations group, to senior vice president. McGahan, who joined the firm in 1997, has spent the past decade in media relations. Hertz is a former journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning editor at The Akron Beacon Journal who has been with D&E since 2006.
McGahan works with clients across various industries identify story ideas and appropriate media channels to help deliver key strategic messages on national, regional and local levels and has worked with clients in a diverse array of sectors, including law, manufacturing and environmental services, as well as civic organizations, and has handled crisis matters involving environmental issues, industrial accidents, data theft, and labor and legal disputes.
Previously, McGahan was associate director of community relations for the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center and public relations associate for The Eliza Jennings Group.
Hertz draws upon 20 years of journalism experience when counseling clients on media relations, media training, crisis communications and corporate communications strategy. Since joining Dix & Eaton, he has handled crisis and issues management situations involving government agencies, professional sports teams, community organizations, and public and private corporations.
Previously, Hertz helped lead the Beacon Journal’s coverage of some of the most significant stories that arose during his 15 years at the paper. He also proposed and helped organize the newspaper’s Pulitzer-Prize winning investigation into race relations after the Rodney King-based riots of the 1990s.