A tested PR and media strategist, Erin Billings helps clients in the firm’s global public affairs practice skillfully navigate the often treacherous Washington, DC, media landscape. As a former deputy editor of CQ-Roll Call and veteran communications strategist, the rapidly changing modern newsroom is second nature for a pro like Erin, which makes her a perfect match for organizations seeking to navigate its varied mediums. Whether in need of brand positioning, reputation building or a standing ovation-worthy speech, Podesta Group clients can rely on Erin to deliver.
A seasoned DC reporter, Erin knows her way around the Beltway. She proved to be a transformative force at CQ-Roll Call in her nine years with the publication, beginning as a staff writer and gaining the esteem of her colleagues that led to her ascent to the position of deputy editor. Erin earned her stripes covering congressional leadership, leading coverage of the 2008 presidential elections and conventions, spearheading the redesign of Roll Call’s website and the reshaping of its online editorial structure, and managing the publication’s congressional and White House reporting team.
An ace wielding a pen or a microphone, Erin was instrumental in launching the Comcast Network’s political news show, “Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham.” She is also a familiar face on MSNBC; CNN; Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” “Your World w/Cavuto” and “The O’Reilly Factor”; and NPR , where she has regularly appeared as a political analyst.
Most recently, as managing director at BGR Public Relations, Erin provided strategic counsel for a wide range of clients. Cool in any crisis, our clients turn to Erin for her creative thinking and her ability to engineer and implement inventive media and rapid response plans. Whether it’s adeptly preparing organizations for on-air and print interviews, formulating talking points, drafting speeches and op-eds, securing national coverage or producing a press conference that gets people buzzing, Erin knows how to execute strategic communications campaigns that help clients achieve their PR and policy goals.
Erin sharpened her messaging skills as a business and statehouse reporter in Montana, where she was twice honored by the Montana Newspaper Association. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana. Having studied the French language extensively, Erin joins a slew of other francophones at Podesta.