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Robert Cowan

Robert Cowan

Public Information Coordinator

BS Journalism


Robert joined the Audit Services Division in 1989, after working as a U.S. Navy public affairs specialist/journalist for four years with assignments in print, broadcasting and public information, and after short stints in other City departments, in banking, and with a part-time administrative and design consulting business.


As the Audit Services Division's Public Information Coordinator, Robert leads the public information, publication, and communication efforts of the division.  He works in conjunction with audit staff, the Director of Audit Services, and the elected City Auditor in producing all the division's publications, and coordinates media and public information efforts about the division's work and audit projects. 


Robert has received numerous awards for his report design, public information, and media relations work, including in 2012: one Gold MarCom Award, and one Platinum and two Gold Hermes Creative Awards (for publication design and media relations/response), and in 2011: two Platinum and two Gold MarCom Awards, three Platinum and two Gold Hermes Creative Awards (for publication design, media relations, media response, and informational brochure).  In 2011, Robert also won two Marcom Awards Honorable Mentions for news release writing.  These followed awards in 2010: three Gold MarCom Awards for marketing and promotional campaign and elements, and Platinum and Gold Hermes Creative Awards for publication design.


Robert has also been recognized for his website work, winning the Association of Local Government Auditors' 2011 Bronze and 2009 Gold Website Awards.  


Robert received a Certificate in Public Information in April 2011, from the J. Lindsey Wolf PIO Institute of the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO).  He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, and is a graduate of the Defense Information School's (DINFOS) joint military journalist/public affairs specialist course.


He is a member of the the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA), and the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO).  He is a recent past member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), as well as the Portland-Metro Chapter of the PRSA, and he still participates in some of their networking and training opportunities.

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