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 FedEX, Hickory Farms, Discover Financial Services, Cord Blood Registry, Jack Cards, Mom Inventors Inc., Mamapedia, Count Me In, Reading is Fundamental 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 addictions – 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!
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.
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.
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.
Gretchen has a strong, proven track in both public and media relations. She also have a vast knowledge on the media side of things, having worked in television news for a decade before moving into public relations. Gretchen is an award winning writer and news producer, and she has brought her strong writing and communication skills into the public relations world, where she’s been able to bring great success to a variety of clients.
Gretchen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northern Arizona University, with a minor in Public Relations. Throughout her career, Gretchen has worked in television markets such as Las Vegas, NV, Portland, OR and Phoenix, AZ. During her time in public relations, Gretchen has worked with clients including Farmers Insurance, Veterinary Pet Insurance, Care.com, SafetyWeb.com, and many others. Her writing and media communication skills have allowed her to generate features and coverage with top-tier major media outlets such as Parenting, Cooking with Paula Deen, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show and many more.
Fun Tidbit: Gretchen lives in Peoria, AZ with her husband and her two little boys. Together, the family loves to play with their dog, Indiana Jones, spend time in the backyard and going to the park. They also love watching movies and taking family road trips.
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.
Whitney has had tremendous success in media relations for clients. She has an ability to dive into a client, learn their side and deliver quality results in local, regional and national media. Whitney has extensive experience including working for national companies down to local, non-profits. Through her strong communication skills she is able to continually go beyond client expectations.
Whitney earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an Emphasis in Public Relations from San Diego State University. Throughout her career, she has worked in San Diego, Orange County and Phoenix, representing clients such as Toshiba Storage Device Division, VTech Communications, Inc., Bumble Bee Foods, Marriott Gaslamp, Cathay Pacific and The UPS Store. Her proven media relations skills have allowed her to secure coverage with top-tier outlets such as The View, Popular Mechanic, CNN, Money.com, Parenting, All You, American Baby and many more.
Fun Tidbit: Whitney lives in Phoenix, AZ with her dog Sadie. On her free time, she is out trying new restaurants, traveling and taking advantage of outdoor activities, such as canoeing and skiing.
Kristen is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with dual degrees in advertising and public relations, completing her college career with magna cum laude honors.
With a unique perspective of client management within a boutique PR firm, Kristen has an uncanny ability to dive deep to understand a client’s product, need and vision to deliver results. She also prides herself on the ability to create and maintain media relationships which means success for her clients.
In her public relations career, Kristen has worked closely with high profile national brands including Sprinkles Cupcakes, Tilted Kilt, Drybar and Melting Pot, and has landed successful placements with local and national outlets.
Fun Tidbit: Kristen was surprised with a marriage proposal live on the FOX morning show in Phoenix featuring a Taylor Swift flash mob! Kristen loves soaking up the sun at the beach, or snowboarding in the winter months.