Gov. Pat McCrory’s Communications Director Josh Ellis has hired Graham Wilson, formerly deputy director of communications at the N.C. Department of Commerce, as press secretary. Wilson takes the press secretary slot vacated by Ryan Tronovitch, who left in April for a sports-related public relations job in Florida.
Wilson started July 6. He had been at Commerce since May 2014, and was formerly executive director of the Apex Chamber of Commerce; he ran a public relations firm in Cary before that post. This is not Wilson’s first stint working for a Republican governor, having been director of public affairs for the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety (now just Public Safety) during the administration of Gov. Jim Martin.
There are also some newcomers to the governor’s media relations staff:
Digital Media Specialist Faith Inman is a 2013 graduate of William Peace University in Raleigh. She holds a degree in Communication Studies with concentrations in Integrated Media and Strategic Communications. Before making her transition to the Governor’s Press Office, Faith was an Account Manager at SMT (SportsMEDIA Technology) in Durham.
- Public Relations Officer Christiane Newell also graduated from William Peace University in May with a degre in communication. From May to October 2014, she interned with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services public affairs division, promoting the State Fair.
And elsewhere in the administration:
Stephanie Hawco moved from being Chris Estes’s communications staffer at the N.C. Office of Information Technology to starting June 29 as the energy communications director at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Hawco takes the spot of Crystal Feldman, who is now communications director at DENR.
- Louise Orr left the governor’s office June 30 for a communications specialist position at DENR. Orr had been in the governor’s office since July 2014 as a special assistant.