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Shannon Baker

Partner, EVP Public Relations and Social Media

Gatesman+Dave Inc.

PITTSBURGH, USA // Shannon is an award-winning public relations professional and brings a wealth of media relations, social media, internal communications and issues management expertise to Gatesman+Dave. In 2015 she was named a Business Women First winner, a recognition of the top female executives by the American Business Journals. Under her leadership, she earned Gatesman+Dave PR the distinction of being ranked among the Top 100 independent PR agencies in the country by O'Dwyer's PR and the second-largest in the state. And in 2015, Gatesman+Dave PR was named PRSA Pittsburgh's  Agency of the Year. She has a proven track record with national media, successfully placing clients with outlets like Fox News Channel, Good Morning America, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

In the new age of PR, Shannon also leads social media and influencer campaigns for regional and national clients. Under her direction the social media solutions team influences behaviors and gets results by initiating conversations and motivating action – driving value, brand advocacy and managing risk. Her team has consistently been recognized for its social strategy development by ADWEEK, PRWEEK, PRSA, the AdFed and various trade and business media.

Prior to her work in the public relations industry, Shannon was a feature writer for Flathead Living, a lifestyle magazine based in Whitefish, Mont.