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PRSA Greater Connecticut's 2020 Beacon Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Nov. 19, 2020) - The Public Relations Society of America Greater Connecticut Chapter is pleased to announce Gov. Ned Lamont as the winner of its 2020 Beacon Award for his communications response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The PRSA Greater Connecticut Beacon Award honors a Connecticut executive who is not a communications professional but who understands and advocates for the value of communications and public relations to enhance the important connection between his or her organization and its customers, clients, employees and communities.


An Oct. 29 poll by Sacred Heart University and the Hartford Courant found 71% of state residents approve of how Gov. Lamont is communicating with the public regarding the pandemic and of his handling of the ongoing health crisis.

"Gov. Lamont demonstrated all of the best practices of communications: Be clear, be consistent, be credible, be concise, be candid, and above all be caring," said Derek Beere, president, PRSA Greater Connecticut.

"As our 'Communicator in Chief,' Gov. Lamont has continued to be visible, advocating for masks and social distancing to keep us safe, and shining the light on the people across Connecticut or making a difference to get us through this pandemic while remaining laser-focused on the latest data and spikes in Connecticut," he said.


The inaugural Beacon Award last year honored Nathan Grube, executive director of the Travelers Championship.

About PRSA Greater Connecticut:

The chapter is one of more than 100  that are part of the national Public Relations Society of America. PRSA Greater Connecticut was formed to advance the public relations profession and to support the public relations practitioner. Nearly 100 members strong and growing, the chapters represent a diverse group of mid to senior-level professionals who are committed to enhancing the practice of public relations in the state. Professionals in the chapter represent agencies, independent consultants, business and industry, government, hospitals and healthcare organizations, professional associations, education and nonprofit organizations. To learn more about the chapter, membership and its upcoming events, visit and follow the PRSA Greater Connecticut on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Contact: or (475) 227-1080


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