NEW YORK (February 26, 2019) – PRSA ( announced today the appointment of Karen Mateo as Chief Communications Officer.

An accomplished communications professional with 20+ years’ experience in media relations, crisis management, brand building and public affairs, Mateo will be responsible for developing and implementing the Society’s overall strategic communication goals. She reports to Joseph P. Truncale, Ph.D., CAE, PRSA’s Chief Executive Officer.

Mateo most recently served as SVP for North 6th Agency, an award-winning media relations and social media agency based in New York and Toronto. Prior to N6A, she was SVP of Communications for CBS Radio, where she was responsible for all internal and external communications functions for the division’s 120+ radio stations and portfolio of digital media properties. She was honored as one of Radio Ink magazine’s Most Influential Women in Radio six years in a row.

She also served as the Director of Communications for CBS 2 New York, and as a senior press representative for CBS Sports, a division of the CBS Television Network, where she was the lead publicist for the Network’s coverage of college basketball, including the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, and college football.

Mateo graduated from St. John’s University, and currently resides in New York City.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to work with the preeminent organization for communication professionals,” said Mateo. “I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues and our members to continue promoting and strengthening PRSA’s already well-established and dynamic reputation for leadership in the communication industry.”

“Karen is a skilled and insightful communicator who will help PRSA continue to expand and strengthen its position as the leading voice promoting the importance and influence of the public relations profession,” said Truncale. “She will be a tremendous asset to the organization, and we are very happy to welcome her to the team.”

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PRSA is the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community. The organization’s mission is to make communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their career. PRSA achieves this by offering its members thought leadership, innovative lifelong learning opportunities to help them develop new skills, enhance their credibility and connect with a strong network of professionals. The organization sets the standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct for the public relations industry. PRSA collectively represents more than 30,000 members consisting of communications professionals spanning every industry sector nationwide and college and university students who encompass the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Learn more about PRSA at

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