Jay Solomon, an award-winning journalist and former chief foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, has joined APCO Worldwide as a senior director. In his role as part of APCO’s Global Solutions Practice, Solomon will provide expertise on foreign policy, cyber security and national security issues. In addition, Solomon will counsel clients on media engagement and brand positioning.

Veteran communications strategists Alison Betty and David Smith announce their latest venture to help advocacy, policy and political leaders advance their mission and increase their impact. The duo of strategists recently launched Betty&Smith (bettyandsmith.com), a full-service communications and advertising firm. Alison and David have worked together for years, most recently as partners at GMMB. With Betty&Smith, they bring decades of know-how tackling some of the most intractable social issues to a boutique agency with a roster of clients in both issue advocacy and politics including the Aspen Institute and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Global communications and marketing firm Finn Partners’ Health Practice was named 2018 Healthcare Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report.   In the analysis of FINN Partners’ selection as Healthcare Agency of the Year, Paul Holmes, founder and chair, The Holmes Group, wrote: “The performance of the firm’s healthcare practice stands out –the collaborative nature of the Finn Partners culture to establish the health practice in 12 of Finn’s 16 offices around the world.”

Longtime local sportscaster Chick Hernandez will leave NBC Sports Washington at the end of the week after 17-years with the network. Hernandez’s contract expired and was not renewed. He most recently hosted shows featuring Washington Redskins news. Hernandez, worked for the network since 2001 and previously spent seven years working at WTTG, Washington’s Fox affiliate.

iHeartMedia announced  that Corey Calhoun has been named the new night on-air personality and Music Director for 98.7 WMZQ, Today’s Best Country, effective Monday, June 4th, 2018. Calhoun will broadcast weeknights from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Calhoun joins the D.C. Market from WAMZ in Louisville, Ky. where he most recently served as the morning show host for the past two years. Prior to that, Calhoun was the afternoon host and Assistant Program Director for WAMZ before moving to mornings.

HobbyTown, a national retailer with the largest network of locally-owned franchise hobby stores in the U.S., has partnered with Initiate-It, a digital advertising and branding firm headquartered in Richmond, Va., to create a strategic branding, co-op vendor program and digital advertising campaign designed to engage with consumers across the country.

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