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Leader of the new undergraduate major in strategic
communications and director of the SU Center for Strategic Communications,
Barry Mitzman joined the faculty in 2008 from Microsoft, where as Director of
Strategic Communications he managed public-affairs advertising and was an
advisor to Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer. Prior to Microsoft, Barry
was vice president of SS+K, an integrated marketing communications firm based
in New York.
He also had an accomplished career as a newspaper and
television journalist, well-known to Seattle audiences for his on-air work at
the regional PBS station, KCTS/9. His regional TV news programs and national
PBS documentaries earned many honors including a Peabody award, broadcasting’s
equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Barry has taught journalism and
communications at the University of Washington, University of Oregon, and
Linfield College. In his free time, he kayaks Puget Sound.