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Dr. Glen Nowak
David OakleyDr. Nowak is the director of News and Electronic Media at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He serves as the senior media advisor to the CDC director and senior agency managers and also manages CDC's Division of News and Electronic Media. Dr. Nowak has developed and implemented media relations strategies related to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, numerous multi-state foodborne disease outbreaks, HIV/AIDS prevention, obesity, tobacco and smoking, childhood and adult immunization, and new/emerging diseases. He has also helped guide CDC’s electronic and social media efforts.  In 2009, CDC’s media relations group was the first place winner in the PR News Non-Profit Awards Crisis Management category for “CDC Responds to 2009 H1N1 Influenza.”

Prior to joining the Office of Media Relations in 2004, Dr. Nowak served as the associate director for communications at the National Immunization Program at the CDC.  He served as NIP’s first director of communications, responsible for creating and managing what ultimately became a 20-person communications group responsible for media relations, risk communications, immunization promotion, graphics and creative services, communication research and NIP’s website.

Before he joined the CDC in January 1999, Dr. Nowak was an associate professor of advertising and communication at the University of Georgia. He has authored or co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal articles on communications practices, social marketing, and health communications.

Dr. Nowak earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with majors in both economics and communications. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he subsequently earned a Master of Arts in journalism and a Ph.D. in the field of mass communications.

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