WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Humane Society of the United States, the animal protection organization, has named John Balzar senior vice president for communications, a newly-created position. An author, columnist and correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Balzar will work out of the group’s Washington headquarters and will oversee media and public relations, online advocacy, publications, membership services and special events.
Balzar spent 35 years as a journalist and writer, 24 of them on the staff of the Los Angeles Times. Earlier, he wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle and United Press International. Among other postings, he has been political writer, Africa bureau chief, roving correspondent and opinion-editorial columnist.
“Millions of wise voices, and more every day, speak to the urgency of getting ourselves right with our planet and with the creatures who share it,” said Balzar. “I’ve dug in and written about it. Now I’m proud to pledge myself full-time to the joyful task of helping get it done. The ideals of The Humane Society of the United States are ascendant. The future envisioned by The HSUS will be a better one for all us animals, and never mind the rationalizations of those still trying to defend the indefensible.”