With more than 40 years’ experience in television, radio and print journalism, veteran journalist Chuck Conconi is vice chairman at Qorvis MSLGROUP. He offers Qorvis MSLGROUP clients strategic counsel in corporate reputation, crisis management and media training. In addition, Conconi focuses on the agency’s new business and corporate communications strategies. He came to Qorvis MSLGROUP following 14 years as editor-at-large at Washingtonian magazine, where he managed the front of the magazine, “Capital Comment,” and also wrote major pieces.
Prior to his tenure at Washingtonian, he spent nearly 13 years at The Washington Post. Initially, he was an editor in the “Style” section and later wrote the daily “Personalities” column (what is now “Reliable Source”) for seven years. Conconi originally came to Washington to work for The Evening Star, where he covered the District Building and the civil rights movement, including the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the “Poor People’s Campaign” that King planned to lead on Washington before he was murdered. Between working for The Star and The Post, Conconi was Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson’s press secretary, and worked with Nelson on the founding of Earth Day and the international environmental movement.
Conconi has co-written two books, The Energy Balloon, written with former Kennedy/Johnson Interior Secretary Stewart Udall and energy expert David Osterhout, and The Washington Sting, written with the late Supreme Court press spokeswoman Toni House.
He has worked extensively on radio and television in the Washington area, serving as commentator and sometimes co-host on networks including Al Arabiya News Channel, WTTG, DC’s FOX television affiliate and the local News Channel 8, as well as various radio affiliates. Conconi has appeared on a multitude of national news shows and just about every Washington channel. He served as the Washington NBC affiliate’s commentator for the funeral of Princess Diana, as well as a commentator for Inside Edition and Good Morning Great Britain on the President Clinton sex scandal. He has appeared on CNN International and on television in a number of foreign locations, including Italy, Canada, Singapore, Switzerland, Spain, New Zealand, Hong Kong, France, Germany and Austria.
Conconi has taught courses at the University of Maryland and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, Georgetown University, American University, The George Washington University and the University of Miami in Florida. Conconi graduated with a public relations/industrial journalism degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and earned a master’s degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.