Plain and simple. Pitch Public Relations is about pitching to the media. We get your story, your product, your service, yourself in the news in a big way. We’re not talking advertisements or commercials here. We get companies featured editorially. So, how do we do it? Hey, we won’t give away all our secrets. But we start with a roster of media contacts that are unmatched – from magazine editors to television news reporters and everything in between. Combine that with savvy story placement and an aggressive work ethic and bingo – you have a formula for PR success. When it comes to public relations, just remember this: ‘It’s all about the Pitch.”
A former television news anchor/reporter, Ann Noder’s media and PR experience spans nearly 17 years. Ann has worked with a number of high profile clients including Experian Financial Services, Care.com, Kabbage, FlightCar, Cord Blood Registry, Mom Inventors Inc., Count Me In, and many more.
Before finding her passion for PR, Ann was a television news reporter and anchor, covering breaking news and feature stories. Now, as a Publicist, Ann uses her inside knowledge of press workings to deliver top notch results for her clients.
With a knack for positioning any client for the media spotlight, Ann has generated consistent coverage with nearly every major media outlet in the country including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, The Rachael Ray Show, CNN, People Magazine, Time Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, Businessweek Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, Woman’s World, Parenting, Better Homes & Gardens, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, DailyCandy.com, About.com, BestStuff.com, CNN Radio, ABC Radio and much more.
Ann is frequently featured as a top media expert on public relations. She’s been quoted and profiled by CNN, Entrepreneur, CNBC, Yahoo.com and has been the featured expert for many broadcast interviews and speaking engagements.
Fun Tidbit: Ann lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband and two sons. Outnumbered, she often ends up in superhero or action movies over her favorite romantic comedies. Ann loves traveling – anywhere with sunshine. And she also admits to two guilty pleasures – Reality TV and Diet Coke!
Vice President of Public Relations
Andrea graduated from Arizona State University’s nationally recognized journalism program, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. It was there that she found her love for the fast pace world the media has to offer. Andrea worked as a health and fitness columnist for a print publication and then went on to work in broadcast news at two Phoenix TV affiliates. She spent time in the investigative unit, covered elections, and contributed stories to MSNBC.
After her stint in news, Andrea pursued a career in Public Relations and found her true passion. She has landed multiple spots for her clients in national magazines such as Oprah, InStyle, Real Simple, Daily Candy, Parenting Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Woman’s World. She’s also secured various national TV outlets and is savvy in social media, maintaining close relations with key online outlets and influential bloggers.
Fun Tidbit: Andrea is a native to Arizona and is enjoying life as a newlywed with her husband, Travis. When she’s not busy working hard for her clients, she can generally be found enjoying the outdoors hiking and riding bikes. She also confesses to a major sweet tooth!
Senior Account Manager
Jackie graduated with honors from Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Her career started at an advertising agency handling promotions and public outreach for clients. She quickly discovered her love for writing and working with the media and transitioned to Public Relations.
Jackie is meticulous in executing campaigns and building lasting relationships with the media, clients and colleagues. She is savvy in social media and an accomplished writer having secured coverage in numerous national and regional magazines. She has also secured extensive local coverage for clients including daily papers, radio, television, and online media outlets in various markets.
Jackie has experience working with corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations and individual entrepreneurs across a variety of industries to effectively shine the spotlight on what they have to offer.
Fun Tidbit: Jackie grew up in beautiful Sedona, Arizona where she cultivated a real love for the outdoors. She resides in Phoenix, Arizona and when she is not immersed in generating publicity for her clients, she spends a majority of her time with her family and her Yorkie, Artemis.
Melanie has a proven track record of getting results and a reputation for strong media and client relations. She has a unique ability to tailor pitches in the most effective way- putting clients in the national spotlight, branding their name through media outlets coast to coast, saturating the blogosphere with clients’ messaging, and much more. With over ten years of experience, she successfully executes campaigns that bring her clients the best results.
Melanie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Arizona State University. Throughout her public relations career, her work has benefited an array of clients including Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, The Weinstein Company, Cord Blood Registry, Care.com, Votre Vu, Reading is Fundamental, and Nannies4Hire, among others. Melanie’s expertise has garnered media coverage in major outlets such as Family Circle, Parenting, Cookie, Pregnancy, DailyCandy.com, SheKnows.com, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Today Show, and Good Morning America- just to name a few!
Fun Tidbit: Melanie resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with the loves of her life: her husband, two kids, and Rottweiler. When she is not proving her PR savvy, she can be found playing dress up with her daughter, fighting off the ‘mean guys’ with her son, vacationing in Laguna Beach with her husband, or- when she has a moment to herself- blissfully sitting in a dark movie theater with lots of popcorn and chocolate.
Kirstin has extensive experience in public relations. Delving into the world of PR right out of college, she thrives in the evolving media culture. Kirstin finds inspiration in creative strategy and looks forward to finding the unique potential within every client and in communicating that information to the media. She believes the process should be executed with enthusiasm and commitment which creates exciting results for the media, publicist, client and company.
Kirstin graduated with honors from Arizona State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with minors in Public Relations and Travel and Tourism Management. Kirstin has crafted campaigns with clients and companies from many industries including travel, health, family and parenting, beauty, fashion, gourmet foods and beyond. Within her career as a publicist, she has garnered hundreds of national magazine, newspaper, online and television hits.
Fun Tidbit: Kirstin lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and enjoys hiking, travel, shopping and exploring epicurean delights. She loves to explore and learn from different cultures and makes a point to travel as often as she can.
Deb is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University, holding a B.S. is Nutrition Communication.
Deb began her public relations career while still earning her degree, working as an intern at one of Phoenix’s oldest PR firms – it was there that she fell in love with the industry and decided to make it her career. Although she’s the type to shy away from too much attention coming her way, she thoroughly enjoys setting others up to shine in the spotlight. Now, with nearly 10 years of experience in helping an endless variety of clients earn media coverage and shaping their public image, Deb is a seasoned PR professional with a proven track record of successful placements and excellent account management skills.
Deb considers herself to be a natural expert at building relationships. She is tenacious when she has to be, but at the same time always sensitive to the needs and goals of others. She is that person you can count on to always handle a situation diplomatically and come out smelling like a lilly (roses aren’t her favorite, she will tell you). She doesn’t think any goal is too lofty and she’s a firm believer that hard work will always pay off. She applies this philosophy in every aspect of her life and the results speak for themselves.
Fun Tidbit: Deb is originally from Maine but loves the 120 degrees Arizona summers. When she’s not tirelessly working to secure media placements for clients, you’ll most likely find her either playing with her young daughter, burning off energy at the gym, or sweating it out on a yoga mat.
Public Relations is second nature to Nadine, a former television anchor/reporter, who has an extensive background in television, writing, networking, and marketing. Nadine is also an accomplished blogger and author!
She was raised in Silicon Valley, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Radio/Television from San Francisco State University, and now happily calls sunny Scottsdale, Arizona home with her husband and children.
PR goes hand-in-hand with journalism, so it’s no surprise that Nadine has found yet another niche doing public relations. She has independently marketed her book and brand, has worked with many mainstream companies, and values her rolodex of positive relationships she’s created over the years.
Nadine has appeared on several television stations and been utilized as a mommy-expert. She has been on FOX-5 and The CW 6 in San Diego, California; Tucson Morning Blend (ABC) and the FOX/CBS duopoly in Tucson, Arizona; FOX-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada; KATU (ABC) in Portland, Oregon; Q-13 (FOX) in Seattle, Washington; WGN-TV and WICU-TV in Chicago, Illinois; and the NBC station in Hartford/New Haven, Connecticut. Her televised reach exceeds one million viewers.
Nadine is passionate about using her marketing skills and background to help other people, brands, and business gain buzz and momentum!
Fun Tidbit: Nadine is a proud #BoyMom. But before children, came love and marriage; Nadine and her husband Nate were featured on TLC TV’s Four Weddings competitive reality show. They didn’t win, but she still scored a happily ever after!
Catherine has more than 15 years of media experience. Nearly a native of Arizona, she graduated from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Catherine first began her media career in radio as a news reporter for a variety of Phoenix radio stations. Catherine then continued her media experience transitioning to television where she served as a reporter, a host, and eventually going behind the scenes as a producer. With her strong news background, Catherine has an eye for finding that timely news “hook” that gains her clients great exposure. This direct media experience allows her the advantage of identifying when and where a story is, and exactly how to pitch it.
Catherine has spent the past 10 years honing her skills in public relations as a Publicist. She brings vast experience as a PR pro having promoted an array of different clients including authors, consumer companies, restaurants, senior living communities, gourmet food products, e-commerce, pet products, and ‘green’ businesses. Some top press features include: Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda, Huffington Post, Yahoo.com, The Jeff Probst Show, CNN.com, msn.com, USA Today, New York Times, TIME.com, Shape Magazine, Woman’s World, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Late Night with David Letterman, and countless local newspapers, magazines, and television stations across the country.
Fun Tidbit: Catherine is a huge outdoor enthusiast. On the weekends she’s often on the move exploring all that Arizona (and surrounding states) has to offer. Whether its hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, or road tripping, Catherine loves to travel and will be packed and on the road in a moments notice.
Allyson McCormley has more than a decade of experience working in both television news and public relations. From national television shows to top newspapers, Allyson works closely with each client to get their products and services in front of their dream media outlets. Allyson is most proud of recent national features on “The Rachael Ray Show,” “The Today Show,” CNN, “The New York Times,” Vogue.com, Glamour.com, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine, Woman’s Day Magazine and Life & Style Weekly Magazine – just to name a few.
A graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and English, Allyson has worked around the world including time at Travel Intelligence, a travel magazine in London, KTVK-TV (Phoenix), and The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.
Fun Tidbit: Allyson lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, two kids, two dogs and a turtle. She loves hiking, cooking, watching endless hours of Full House and catching up with her favorite Jimmy Stewart movies!
With an expertise in media relations that spans 5+ years, Kistie has a strong background in outreach on the national and regional level. Having achieved exposure for her clients in national, trade and local press, she is savvy in all aspects of media relations.
Born and raised in California’s Mojave Desert, and having worked in Los Angeles County for several years, Kistie has an expanded knowledge of various markets and industries. She previously worked in the commercial real estate industry on a national level, garnering media exposure for clients within the built environment including those in architecture, construction, multifamily development, environment consulting, engineering and real estate law. Kistie has also coordinated coverage for an array of consumer clients. She has won several awards for her work and remains consistently focused on meeting client needs.
Kistie is a graduate of Brigham Young University – Idaho where she studied political science with a minor in public relations.
Fun Tidbit: When she’s not pitching stories for her clients, she can be found spending time with her husband, binge-watching old movies, actively participating in her church group, and playing a game of golf every once in a while.
Executive Media Coordinator
Marybeth Grass has more than 15 years of marketing and publicity experience. She has an extensive background overseeing regional publicity, promotions and special events for several major film studios such as The Weinstein Company, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox in cities through the West, from San Francisco to Santa Fe. Her work in the entertainment arena has also included organizing and implementing personal appearance tours for high profile film actors and directors.
In recent years, Marybeth has enjoyed developing successful publicity campaigns for a wide variety of clients including non-profit organizations, retail products and services, as well as corporate and hi-tech businesses. She thrives on generating great media results and fostering and maintaining long-term relationships with clients, as well as the media, business and other community contacts.
Fun Tidbit: Marybeth resides in Phoenix, AZ and enjoys life with her husband David and chasing after her daughter Audrey… who she can rarely catch. In her spare moments, you can find her spending time with family and friends, watching a movie (anything but horror flicks), and eating great food that she hasn’t had to make herself.
Public Relations Coordinator
After exploring a career in journalism, Tayler found her passion in the world of public relations. A graduate from Rio Salado Community College with a degree in Liberal Arts, Tayler worked for Go Gilbert! Magazine, an Arizona lifestyle publication, where she penned a monthly column and went on to contribute many articles. Tayler then went on to several stints in public relations before landing with Pitch PR, where she assists the PR team with writing, media coordination, press outreach, research, media reports and just about everything else. Tayler’s attention to detail is unmatched and she’s savvy with social media and emerging platforms.
Fun Tidbit: Tayler’s Kryptonite is ice cream, which she absolutely cannot resist, and she shrieks like a five year old every time she sees a Minion…or WALL-E.
Public Relations Coordinator
After graduating summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a Broadcasting degree, Lauren immediately began her career as a production assistant at The Weather Channel. She eventually moved up to Associate Producer, where she helped launch or revamp numerous morning shows and produced her own segments and packages. She ended her Atlanta media career with a two-year stint at CNN/Turner. In Phoenix, she has worked for the top two news/talk radio stations in the area.
Lauren has extensive experience writing and editing across all forms of media and is accustomed to working for both local and national companies. Years of producing has made her detail-oriented, a fast learner, and an equally quick worker. She’s also learned to have back-up plans for her back-up plans and is driven by creativity. A geek to her core, she has also been a contributing writer for the popular website GeeksAreSexy.net for nearly four years and previously wrote for CNN.com’s Geek Out! Blog.
Fun Tidbit: Lauren loves any and all movies, although the classics, musicals, and sci-fi/fantasy/action are her favorites. In her minimal spare time, you can find her singing and dancing in community theater productions across the Valley.