Crisis CommUnication Expert David Marriott Talks about work on Amanda Knox Trial, Media's Role
April 5 • Communication Addition Building (CADD) 21 • Free
Only six months ago, Amanda Knox was serving her fourth year in prison after an Italian court—backed by the international court of public opinion—found her guilty in the gruesome murder of her college roommate. Today, with her conviction overturned, Knox, of Seattle, is better known as the victim of an overzealous, sensation-seeking media, police error, and judicial failing.
One of the people responsible for the public’s change of view is David Marriott, crisis management/crisis communication specialist and keynote speaker for the Edward R. Murrow Symposium 2012 Communicators Summit at Washington State University Pullman. Marriott will present “The Amanda Knox Story: How did this happen and the role of the media” on Thursday, April 5, at 4:10 p.m. in Communication Addition Building (CADD), room 21.
The free, public address is part of a three-day series of workshops, seminars and other career-development and networking opportunities designed for communication students and professionals and hosted by the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU. A reception will follow the keynote address.
Marriott is a partner in the Seattle- and Washington, D.C.-based firm Gogerty Marriott and a veteran of more than three decades in broadcast journalism, politics and corporate and agency public relations. His crisis-management portfolio includes product recalls, labor strife, corporate takeovers, environmental issues, and airline disasters, such as the 2000 crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 that killed all 88 passengers and crew.
Before entering public relations consulting, Marriott won an Emmy Award while working as a television news reporter for CBS affiliate KIRO-TV in Seattle. He was press secretary during Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman’s term and held corporate communications positions in the region.
Marriott's experience as an award-winning broadcast journalist and corporate spokesperson puts him in high demand as a media-training consultant and specialist and corporate issues strategist.Â
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