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.
Publicist / 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.
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.
Stephanie graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a focus in public relations and strategic media. She has spent several years working as a public relations specialist in the Phoenix market.
Driven by creativity and a passion for writing, Stephanie has a knack for finding captivating angles that drive media results. With the belief that every client has its own special story, she has the skills – and media contacts – to share those stories with the world.
Stephanie has worked with clients in a variety of industries including nonprofit, tourism and gaming, retail, government, business and banking, healthcare and entertainment, just to name a few.
In addition to public relations, Stephanie is a freelance journalist and blogger for several Arizona-based publications and holds special interest in social media marketing. She has spoken on social media panels at national conferences and professional networking events.
Fun Tidbit: Stephanie lives in Scottsdale with her two rescue dogs, Little Monster and Carl. She is passionate about helping homeless animals and is an advocate for adoption and stopping breed discrimination.
Michelle Everson graduated from Northern Arizona University with degrees in both public relations and print journalism. An avid storyteller, her extensive journalism experience includes being published in a wide variety of media outlets and serving as the editor of a popular magazine. As a public relations professional, she has experience working with a myriad of clients, including non-profits, schools, small businesses, products, and more.
Michelle’s favorite explanation of public relations is: “Doing good and getting credit for it” (Harold Burson). She believes that everyone has a story to tell—and she has the creativity and drive to tell it. Her journalism background gives her an edge in media relations; she knows what the media is looking for, creating client results.
In addition to public relations, Michelle is a freelance journalist for several publications. She also has experience as a guest speaker on topics such as working with freelance writers, media relations, and public relations for local businesses.
Fun Tidbit: When she’s not working, Michelle’s more than likely fighting off imaginary bad guys or creating art projects with her 4-year-old son.
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.