WND veep moves to Heritage

By WND Staff

WASHINGTON – For the first time since 1977, there is a new communications chief at the Heritage Foundation.

Rebecca Hagelin, most recently vice president of communications for WorldNetDaily.com, was named vice president of communications and marketing for the Washington think tank. She succeeds Herb Berkowitz, who created Heritage’s communications department and retired from a 25-year career with the organization in October.

“Herb built our communications department into one of the best PR shops in the country,” Heritage President Edwin Feulner said. “We’re confident that Rebecca’s extensive experience, conservative credentials and leadership ability will help us maintain that status and bring it to even greater heights.”

Hagelin began a consulting business in the early 1990s, where her clients included numerous non-profits, elected officials and businesses. She joined WorldNetDaily in 2000 as director of communications and was promoted to vice president after six months.

Rebecca Hagelin

With more than 17 years of experience in developing and implementing comprehensive public affairs and marketing strategies, Hagelin has long been involved in spreading the conservative message in both Washington and around the nation. In 1983, she became the director of public relations for the Center for Judicial Studies and Benchmark magazine. In 1986, she joined the national management team at Concerned Women for America as director of communications and oversaw the development of the organization’s first national PR efforts, trained volunteers and spokespeople in PR techniques, and served as one of the organization’s primary spokespersons.

Hagelin is the author of numerous articles published nationally, including a weekly column for WorldNetDaily.com. She is a veteran of hundreds of radio, television, newspaper and magazine interviews, including numerous appearances on CNN, Fox News and national network news programs.

With more than 200,000 individual, foundation and corporate supporters, the Heritage Foundation is the most broadly supported public-policy research institute in the country. The nearly 30-year-old institution has a staff of 185 and an annual budget of $30 million.