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About Capitol Communicator: Dedicated to bringing together the vast spectrum of communications professionals who influence and educate the Mid-Atlantic region and the world by providing news; trends; education; and opportunities for networking, career enhancement, business exchange and showcasing great work, Capitol Communicator serves as a resource to the region’s communications community. Capitol Communicator focuses on connecting communicators and building a community that encompasses professions that include public relations, advertising, marketing, media, creative, video, photography, printing, digital and the multitude of other professions that support this region’s multi-billion-dollar communications industry.

Paul Duning, Publisher & Co-Founder

The idea to create a resource for communications professionals came during the summer of 2002 when Paul took a bubble-imposed sabbatical spending the summer traveling with his family. The idea was to bring a community back together that had been terribly fragmented by 911 and the economic downturn that followed.

Prior to that, Paul spent 30 months as the merger & acquisition lead for a company consolidating communications-related companies in three markets. During that period, he met with several hundred communications companies across a broad spectrum of disciplines and was instrumental in bringing together 17 companies. Then came the bust of 2001 and 2002, Paul’s role changed from integrating to re-organizing, which resulted in multiple rounds of difficult layoffs including, in the end, his own.

In early 2004, Paul met Phil Rabin who, for many years, was co-author of the region’s most respected and longest-running advertising and public relations column. Later that year, Paul and Phil launched DC Communicator, an e-mail newsletter and, in 2008, it became the media company, Capitol Communicator. Today, Capitol Communicator serves the Mid-Atlantic region of communications professionals through, news, events, education and networking.

Paul has had a media diverse career working in production, marketing communications, advertising, media communications and public relations. He was an early adopter of multimedia, electronic publishing, digital printing and new media technologies and was involved in merger and acquisitions for an integrated communications company in the late 90s. Paul is co-producer of the Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summits.

Contact Paul concerning advertising, sponsorship, executive recruitment, mergers, acquisitions, consulting, affiliate and business development opportunities.


Phil Rabin, Washington and Richmond Editor, and Co-Founder

Phil has reported on developments in communications for The Washington Times, Washington Business Journal, PRWeek, DC Communicator e-newsletter and Capitol Communicator.

In addition, for 10 years, he was vice president/regional manager for a firm that helped organizations present their message to the broadcast and Internet media – including public service announcements, broadcast media tours and news releases, and Internet placements.

Phil also co-chaired the Professional Development Committee of the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America; and has conducted seminars nationwide on media relations that, in total, have attracted more than 1,000 attendees.

He also has served as public relations director for Paralyzed Veterans of America and vice president of communications for Defenders of Wildlife. In those positions, he produced more than 100 television public service announcements featuring a wide range of celebrities – from the Harlem Globetrotters to an Olympic gold-medal swimmer. In addition, he was responsible for an e-newsletter that reached approximately 500,000 recipients.

A graduate of New York University, he also has been a newscaster with WTOP radio; and served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve.

Send Phil news, story ideas, art, photos and releases for consideration in Capitol Communicator at


Jeffrey Davis, Baltimore Regional Editor

Jeff serves as Baltimore regional editor for Capitol Communicator, covering Baltimore, Annapolis, Columbia, Southern Pennsylvania and Delaware. A principal with the Baltimore-based PR and social media firm J. Davis Public Relations, LLC, he has more than 25 years of news media and national public relations experience. Jeff got into social media early and, in 2008, the Washington Business Journal wrote about his innovative use of Twitter for public relations when it was a relatively new PR tool. He is now a recognized expert in social media, particularly how organizations can successfully integrate social media platforms into traditional communications and crisis management programs. A former president of the Maryland chapter of PRSA, Jeff holds a degree in journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University and was a reporter for daily newspapers in Ohio, New Jersey and Maryland before entering public relations. His agency experience includes TBC and the former Richardson, Myers & Donofrio (and Carton Donofrio Partners) in Baltimore and Crosby Marketing Communications in Annapolis.

For editorial inquiries in the Annapolis, Baltimore, PA and DE region contact:

Jeffrey Davis
Baltimore Regional Editor