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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 been the recipient, and along with audit staff the co-recipient, of numerous awards for report design, public information, media relations and marketing/branding work.  The most recent awards include in 2014: one Platinum MarCom Award for media relations/response and two Gold Hermes Creative Awards and two Hermes Honorable Mentions for publication design.  In 2012: one Gold MarCom Award, and one Platinum and two Gold Hermes Creative Awards (for publication design and media relations/response).  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), and two Marcom Awards Honorable Mentions for news release writing. 


Robert 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 networking and training opportunities for both CAPIO and PRSA.


Robert received a Certification in Public Information in April 2011, from the J. Lindsey Wolf PIO Institute of the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO), following a three-year course of training at annual CAPIO conferences. 


He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, where he specialized in Radio/TV News, and is a graduate of the Department of Defense, Defense Information School's (DINFOS) joint military journalist/public affairs specialist course.

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