Bob Conrad, Ph.D., APR, is an award-winning public relations and marketing professional. He has his doctor of philosophy from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he researched how the news media cover higher education institutions in times of crisis. He also has degrees in journalism and counseling and educational psychology.
He has years of experience in managing complex and controversial issues. His crisis communications experience spans floods, fires, whistle-blowers, budget cuts, activist attacks, disease outbreaks, human-animal chimeras, media misinformation, biotechnology, natural resources, environmental issues and a number of other public relations challenges. He was once described as "a steady hand at the PR helm. (He) negotiated some of the most difficult communications challenges the (University of Nevada) has ever seen with mastery and calmness."
Bob is the author and co-author of numerous research publications, magazine articles and posts about public relations, science, marketing and social media. His blog received an "Editor's Pick" from the U.K.'s Journalism.co.uk, "The essential site for journalists," and his work has been featured in Information Week, Bulldog Reporter, eSkeptic, PRSA's TACTICS and other sites and publications. He is the author of two other books.
Bob is accredited in public relations through the Universal Accreditation Board. He was the founder of Bridge2Science, which connected writers and reporters with scientists and other experts. He is also co-founder of ThisisReno.com, an award-winning community-based news website, and he was recently awarded the Mark Curtis Sr. Award, by the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, for his service to the public relations profession.