For publicist Whitney Kuhn Lawson, a life in the fast lane is where she prefers to stay. Raised in San Antonio, she cut her teeth in television in Washington D.C. and New York City as a publicist for some of the nation’s most known and respected journalists, entertainers and programs: George Stephanopoulos, Susan Zirinsky, Gayle King and Bette Midler (to name only a few). After a decade away, Lawson has boomeranged back to her beloved home state and is now in Houston as a Senior Publicist with Allied Integrated Marketing, promoting films and working with some of the top names in the industry such as Netflix, 20th Century Fox
On her background in
The entertainment industry is tough. In a dog-eat-dog world that can be very cut-throat, I have been incredibly fortunate to have such positive professional experiences and work with the best in the business very early on. So many greats took me under their wings and cared enough to mentor me when I was younger.
I got my start in television publicity for major network shows in D.C, and
The same is equally true for Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, and the dozens of people on set, in the control room, or newsroom who make everything happen on a daily basis without a hitch. The expression “it takes a village” always comes to mind when thinking about my tenure in
On the positives of film publicity:
I am extremely lucky to work for Allied IM, the world’s leading entertainment, culture
In my initial years in film publicity with Sunshine Sachs in New York City (when I puddle-jumped from the television world), almost every project I worked on in my three and a
On giving back and empowering others:
I come from a long line of strong-willed women. Both my grandmothers were incredibly
I am extremely passionate about the current conversations that have surfaced in the media around the modern-day female experience, so I make it a priority to practice offering sisterly support for my friends and peers and their various projects and pursuits whenever possible. Outside of the office, the organizations I enjoy volunteering
On her personal female hero:
My hero in my professional life is my former boss and forever mentor Susan Zirinsky, or as everyone in the business knows her, “Z” at CBS News. She has pushed broadcast boundaries for decades, proving to be one of the best (or the best, in my opinion) producers in the history of television. She has covered the front lines of war zones, major catastrophes, and many more events that have written the history of our time.
Z was not only my boss while I worked for her show 48 Hours, but she was also a confidant and an amazing life coach. She always took the time to meet with me and discuss anything that was on my mind. She returns every email she receives, no matter from whom…I honestly don’t know when she sleeps. Her work is so well-respected that there was a movie made in the late 1980’s about her called Broadcast News.
She is a total force to be reckoned with and a consummate professional in the television industry. Watching her in a control room executive producing a special report for the news, or sitting in editing meetings before the weekly broadcasts were unforgettable experiences that shaped me forever. Not only is Z a powerhouse, but she treats every single person she encounters with the same level of respect. She is kind, hardworking, and has a drive that is unmatched. She is with me every day in all of my endeavors, whether she knows it or not.
Connect with Whitney Kuhn Lawson on LinkedIn and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Edited from a series of interviews by Eleanora Morrison.