ADL Appoints Director Of Media Relations & Public Information

New York, NY, October 20, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today announced the appointment of Todd M. Gutnick as Director of Media Relations and Public Information.

A former journalist who has served in the League's Media Relations Department since 1999, Gutnick will be responsible for overseeing all facets of ADL's interactions with the media, including the coordination and oversight of the League's media outreach initiatives both nationally and through its 30 regional offices across the country.

He replaces longtime director Myrna Shinbaum, who is retiring effective October 20.

"The media universe has changed dramatically over the past few years, and we continue to adapt to the changing needs of journalists and the new media," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Todd brings to his new role the sensibility of an experienced journalist, an understanding of the issues facing the Jewish community and insight into the demands and challenges of the new media landscape."

Gutnick has served in several positions at ADL, most recently as Deputy Director of Media Relations, where he has interacted daily with the media and served as a spokesman for the agency on a range of domestic and international issues. He also served as News Editor of the League's Web site, responsible for the publication of breaking news and in-depth reports.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Gutnick previously was a staff writer at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where he served as a general assignment reporter and, later, as an arts reporter and music critic. He is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Gutnick is the 2003 recipient of the ADL Milton A. Senn Award for Professional Excellence and has received honors for his journalism from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association, the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, and the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.