Judy Rakowsky knows how stories rise and fall. She harnesses deep journalistic experience covering crime, scandals, and politics to help clients develop the right strategy and message even in the face of reputation and career threats. Clients benefit from the skills of an award-winning career journalist who spent decades on deadline as an editor and reporter for media including the Boston Globe, People Magazine, the Providence Journal, the Columbus Citizen-Journal, and The Plain Dealer. Ms. Rakowsky intimately understands the life cycle of litigation after decades of covering federal and state courts and as an editor directing coverage. She used to generate crises, writing and editing stories that led to subjects getting fired, disbarred, or sent to jail. She covered the major stories of the times from organized crime, priest sex abuse and bank fraud litigation in Rhode Island in the 1980s to terrorism and security issues after 9/11 to online bullying of teens in the 2000s.
Now she helps clients hone and convey their messages and develop presentation skills to reach and persuade key audiences.
From driving attention to a whistleblower’s charges to helping companies and senior executives retain their reputation during litigation to helping a nonprofit adjust to the loss of its founder, she knows how to drive attention as well as help clients navigate the shoals.
An Ohio native, Ms. Rakowsky holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism, with honors in journalism, from the University of Michigan.