NEW YORK—Burson-Marsteller has appointed Newsweek senior editor David Noonan, former MSNBC producer Angelena Abate, and former senior vice president Barbara Shear at MS&L as directors in its U.S. media practice. The practice has also hired Ronna Waldman and Abby Huntsman—both formerly of ABC News—as manager and associate respectively. They will be based in New York and report to Burson-Marsteller executive vice president worldwide and chair of the U.S. media practice Josh Gottheimer.
Noonan is a medical journalist with experience covering all aspects of the American health care system for national media brands. He is joining Burson-Marsteller after nine years at Newsweek where he most recently served as the senior editor for health and medicine and directed coverage of health and medicine for both the print and digital editions. Prior to Newsweek, Noonan was a staff writer at New York Daily News and also worked as a freelance magazine writer for publications like Esquire, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Discover and Health.
Abate brings more than 10 years of experience in broadcast and radio production to Burson-Marsteller. Most recently, she was a segment producer for MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy and It’s the Economy. Prior to MSNBC, Abate also worked for CNN and 60 Minutes.
Shear has spent nearly 20 years in public relations. At MS&L, she managed the corporate business for Philips Electronics and executive recruiter Heidrick & Struggles and media relations for Northeast Utilities, IAC Advertising Solutions and smart grid company BPL Global. She started her career as a newspaper journalist for local daily newspapers in New Jersey.
Waldman spent her entire career at ABC News and most recently was a segment producer for Good Morning America. Huntsman also joins Burson-Marsteller from ABC News, where she was the associate segment producer for Good Morning America.