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Bill Zucker is an issues and crisis communications specialist and Managing Director of Ketchum’s Food Industry team. A below average cook at best, Bill is well known in his house for his ability to pack a killer school lunch.

As the Pace of PR Accelerates, Dedication to Ethics is More Important than Ever

by Bill Zucker | March 19, 2019

I played an unfair trick on a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) this month that helped highlight a simple truth: The ever-faster pace and growing digital nature of our industry will create a much bigger challenge for the next generation of PR Pros in maintaining our ethical standards. At this […]

Transparency in Farming: Solutions Don’t Have to Be One Size Fits All

by Bill Zucker | March 5, 2019

I had the pleasure of moderating a panel this week at North American Meat Institute/Food Marketing Institute’s Annual Meat Conference. And while I expected the usual lessons about the importance of telling the farmer story to consumers, I walked away with a different lesson: Farmers don’t all need to adopt the same playbook to succeed […]

Navigating the Food Landscape Requires a Map

by Bill Zucker | July 12, 2018

Call it, perhaps, the straw that broke the camel’s back. Food and beverage companies along with foodservice chains are paying close attention to Starbucks’s decision this week to phase out the use of plastic straws by 2020. The announcement follows active campaigns by groups with catchy hashtags such as #stopsucking and #thelaststraw, aimed at raising attention to […]

What You Can Learn from My Accidental Internship

by Bill Zucker | June 3, 2014

Each year around this time, I find myself repeating one of my favorite stories about a summer internship that should never have happened, but became a career game-changer for me. Although it occurred (gulp) 30 years ago, I hope the lessons ring true for the many interns starting their PR careers this summer at Ketchum […]

A Lesson From College Football on Managing Your PR Career

by Bill Zucker | December 20, 2012

As a Wisconsin Badger alum and a huge fan of the football team, I took special note of the recent news that head coach Bret Bielema quit his job to take the same role at Arkansas. As a fan, I was sad to see a successful coach leave. But as a “boss” I was upset […]