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 20 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.
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!
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.
Lauren Knight comes from a strong media background. After graduating summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a Broadcasting degree, Lauren immediately began her career as a production assistant at a national broadcast network. Eventually moving up to Associate Producer, she helped launch or revamp numerous morning shows and produced her own segments and packages. Lauren 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.
With more than a decade of media relations experience, Alison is always looking for the next creative pitch angle. She has worked in a wide variety of industries throughout her career and enjoys working with clients with unique and fun products and services. Alison builds outstanding relationships with both the media and her clients and loves to find ways to maximize media coverage.
Alison received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from University of Arizona. Her wide array of clients has included healthcare clinics, transportation companies, several well-known resorts, many restaurants, an innovative software company and a yoga studio. She has also done quite a bit of media training for corporate executives and has handled her fair share of crisis communications.
Fun tidbit: When she’s not working with the media, Alison enjoys spending time with her husband, her two young sons and their Labradoodle, Rocket. She loves running and has completed six full marathons and countless shorter distance races.
Bringing several years of public relations experience, Ivy’s passion and enthusiasm for pitching stories is fueled by her love of building strong, long-lasting relationships with both clients and the media. She believes in delivering results that surpass expectations. Her background in the PR world includes coverage ranging from the local to international level in a variety of industries, including multifamily brokerage, nonprofit organizations, entertainment, engineering and construction.
Originally from a small desert town in Southern California, Ivy received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Journalism & Mass Communication with a minor in psychology from Arizona State University. She also attained a Certificate of Political Journalism from Georgetown University, where she simultaneously interned with the National Crime Prevention Council through the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Fun tidbit: Aside from pitching stories, her other passions include volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and various dog rescues. She also loves to spend time with her family, which includes Sake, her fluffy and giant Akita.
Michelle’s first experiences in PR came from the other side of the fence. As a former television reporter/anchor she has spent nearly a decade working with different news outlets. Michelle’s media reach ranges from regional to national coverage, including the Arizona Republic and CNN, ABC and CBS News.
Michelle is passionate about helping businesses grow and receive the media exposure they deserve. She has experience working with small businesses, major corporations, non-profit organizations and tech startups. Michelle finds that strong networking skills and finding a fresh new angle when pitching are the best ways to connect her clients to the public. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism and mass communications and a minor in women’s studies.
Fun Tidbit: Michelle and her husband live in Gilbert, Arizona. You’ll likely find her joining friends for yoga, finding a new brunch spot, traveling as much as she can, or hiking in the desert.
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.