Director of Media Relations
Celeste Ford brings more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning broadcast journalist to her role as director of media relations for Carnegie Corporation of New York. In 2013, she joined the Communications Department, where she serves as the Corporation’s primary media liaison and spokesperson. Ms. Ford is responsible for developing and implementing external communications plans and for helping grantees build their communications capacity. Ms. Ford also reports on Corporation programs and produces original, multimedia content for the Corporation with a focus on education news.
As an on-air reporter, Ms. Ford worked her way up from leading network affiliates in Charlotte and Hartford to the nation’s top local newsroom, WABC-TV in New York City, followed by reporting assignments with PBS and CNBC. During her 15 years at WABC-TV's Eyewitness News, Ms. Ford was a street reporter covering major crimes, trials, breaking news including 9/11, and the occasional Nor'easter. She started the station’s first unit dedicated to an education beat. 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, and a Scripps Howard.
Before joining the Corporation, Ms. Ford managed 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 G.E.D. Her volunteer commitments include the advisory board of the Hechinger Report, which publishes education news through collaborations with media outlets. Ms. Ford is also a governor on the board of the Off-the-Record lecture series, which is dedicated to increasing public awareness of foreign policy issues. Email her at CFC@carnegie.org and follow her on Twitter @celesteford.