Felicia K. Knight Appointed as Director of Communications for the National Endowment for the Arts
March 6, 2003
Washington, D.C. - Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the appointment of Felicia K. Knight as Director of Communications. Knight comes to the NEA from Capitol Hill where, since January 1998, she was Communications Director for U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME), including leading communications for the Senator's 2002 re-election campaign. Knight will begin her tenure on March 17.
"Felicia Knight joins the National Endowment for the Arts with more than 20 years of media experience and a deeply personal love for the arts," said Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. "She will be a tremendous asset in promoting the NEA's message of fostering artistic excellence and bringing the arts to all Americans."
Prior to joining Senator Collins's office, Knight worked with WGME-TV, a CBS/CNN affiliate in Portland, Maine. From June 1988 to December 1998 she was the Anchor/Senior Political Reporter, overseeing the station's political coverage and moderating all political debates. Knight was also Analyst/Arts Reporter at the station and she received a special commendation from the Maine Arts Commission for raising the public profile of the arts in the state.
"The cultural arts have played a leading role throughout my life and the chance to be a part of an organization as vital to preserving and promoting culture in America as the National Endowment for the Arts is exciting. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with an artistic leader such as Dana Gioia as well as the entire committed staff at NEA," said Knight upon her appointment.
She has received awards and honors from the Maine and New Hampshire Associations of Broadcasters, the National Association of Television Programming Executives, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences New England Chapter and the Museum of Broadcasting in New York City, among others.
Knight has been an active board member, volunteer and spokesperson for a wide variety of organizations ranging from the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine to the Portland Ballet, Portland Concert Association, Portland Museum of Art and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She received her degree in performing arts from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
For more information, contact the NEA Office of Communications at 202-682-5570.
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