Director of External Relations
Celeste Ford brings more than 20 years of experience as a Dupont Award–winning broadcast journalist to her role as director of external relations for Carnegie Corporation of New York. In 2013, she joined the communications department as the Corporation’s primary media liaison and spokesperson.
Ford currently focuses on brand-building through influencer engagement and media relations, reputation management and crisis communications, content partnerships, issue-driven campaigns, and multimedia production. Her responsibilities require a strong knowledge of the foundation’s history and priorities, K–16 education, immigrant integration, voting rights, international peace and security, and the philanthropy sector.
As an on-air reporter, Ford worked her way up from leading network affiliates in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Hartford, Connecticut, to the nation’s top local newsroom, WABC-TV in New York City, followed by contributor roles with PBS and CNBC. During her 15 years at WABC-TV's Eyewitness News, Ford was a street reporter covering major crimes, trials, breaking news including 9/11, and the occasional Nor'easter. She started and managed the station’s first unit dedicated to K–16 education. She produced, reported, and wrote segments for daily broadcasts, investigative reports, and primetime documentaries. Her work was recognized with a number of the broadcast industry’s most distinguished awards, including a DuPont, two Edward R. Murrows, a Scripps Howard, and a national prize judged by her peers with the Education Writers Association.
Before joining the Corporation, she also started and ran her own video production company, which specialized in nonfiction content and oral histories. As a media advisor, she oversaw a 2013 public awareness campaign for the City of New York aimed at getting young adults to complete the GED.
Ford holds a number of board-level volunteer positions, including the sustainability board of the Hechinger Report, which publishes education news through collaborations with major media outlets. Email her at CFC@carnegie.org and follow her on Twitter @celesteford.