Strategic Communication, Media and Public Relations, Crisis Management

Connie Kastelnik is a communications professional who has spent 25 years in the fields of network broadcast journalism, media, and public relations. 

Since 1997 she has been the president of CK Communication, a consulting firm that advises clients on strategic communication, specializing in media relations and training, crisis communication, and message development.  Her clients have included candidates for public office, real estate development and construction companies, pharmaceutical and computer firms, trade associations, government organizations, and institutions of higher education. 

From 1992 to 1997, Ms. Kastelnik was Bechtel Corporation's Director of Communications for Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel project, the largest single public works project in the United States. There, she managed an annual budget of $1.2 million, and coordinated outreach efforts including public information, media relations, and advertising. 

Ms. Kastelnik worked for ABC News for ten years in New York and Boston.  From 1986 to 1990 she was the New England news producer for ABC News, responsible for covering breaking news and features in the region and nationally.  She covered the presidential campaigns of Michael Dukakis and Jesse Jackson and stories such as the San Francisco earthquake in 1989.  Ms. Kastelnik was a network news assignment editor in New York from 1983 to 1986 covering foreign, national, and political news. 

Ms. Kastelnik began her career at the American Broadcasting Companies in 1980 as the Manager of Public Relations for ABC News, where she directed the public relations efforts for the news division, including the campaigns for the premieres of “This Week with David Brinkley” and “Nightline.” 

Ms. Kastelnik has been a press secretary to several local and national political campaigns.  In 1977 she was Communications Director for President Carter's Commission on Neighborhoods. 

A graduate of Syracuse University, Ms. Kastelnik is co-author of “PsychCity:  A Simulated Community,” a community psychology college textbook published by Pergamon Press in 1973.