Linda L. Coles, Vice Chair

Media Relations at NJM Insurance Group

May 2016 to present

Develop and manage the Company’s earned media plan and enhance the effectiveness and frequency of press and publicity opportunities and functions both inside and outside of the organization. Serve as the Company’s liaison with the traditional and print media, TV, radio, as well as industry and business trade publications. Craft compelling story ideas and pitches for media and others for external publication that serve to enhance the Company’s reputation, and support strategic objectives. Contribute as an active, engaged member of the Company’s Crisis Communications Team, with a focus on anticipating emerging public relations issues and developing responses.

Segment Producer, Classroom Close-up NJ

May 2013 to present

Arrange logistics for on location shoots. Conduct in-field interviews with teachers and students. Write and prepare scripts. Supervise story edit.

Marketing/Media Relations Manager, NJ Business Action Center

May 2012 – April 2016

Management of marketing budget; Implement marketing and media strategies. Manage state business portal redesign and content update. Contract management and strategic development with communication firms. Develop talking points/ presentations for senior staff. Develop and manage production of marketing collateral. Function as primary media liaison for press. Prepare briefings for executive and senior staff. Oversee logistical details related to outside speaking events for senior staff.

Executive Producer/Reporter, NJN Public Television & Radio

January 1997 – June 2011

Served as on camera talent for program. Oversaw all aspects of staff performance, program management, content creation, research and development of public affairs program. Produced long form stories from start to finish and maintained program budget. Created substantive local content addressing diverse social issues including health, education, politics, arts and social justice.

Adjunct Faculty, Temple University

September 2005 – December 2007


Coordinating Producer, CBS 3 / CW Philly

May 1993 – December 1996



President, Garden State Association of Black Journalists

2005 – 2007


Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission-State of New Jersey

Board of Commissioners


National Association of Black Journalist

Full Member

Starting 2000