Judy Rakowsky leads the Crisis practice for Liberty Square Group, helping clients develop and implement the right strategy with the right message even in the face of a variety of threats to their brand or reputation. Ms. Rakowsky harnesses deep journalistic experience, having spent decades on deadline as an award-winning reporter and editor for media including the Boston Globe, People Magazine, the Providence Journal, the Columbus Citizen-Journal, and The Plain Dealer.
Ms. Rakowsky knows how stories rise and fall. 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 time 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.
Ms. Rakowsky also intimately understands the life cycle of litigation after decades of covering federal and state courts and as an editor managing daily and enterprise coverage.
Now she helps clients hone and convey their messages to reach and persuade key audiences.
Whether the goal is to drive attention to a whistleblower or the untold side of a high-profile story or manage a runaway narrative threatening a company or nonprofit, the strategy and tactics are highly time-sensitive. Her experience, leveraging journalistic experience with crisis communications expertise, has been a game changer for clients feeling powerless on the mercurial media landscape.
An Ohio native, Ms. Rakowsky holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism, with honors in journalism, from the University of Michigan.