Seven Letter’s Ann Murphy Recognized as a “Top Woman in PR” by PRNEWS


Boston, MA (June 25, 2021) – Seven Letter Partner Ann Murphy was named today as a “Top Women in PR” awardee by PRNEWS for her skill at mentoring public relations professionals throughout her long career.

In 2021, PRNEWS recognized five categories of women in public relations – Changemakers, Entrepreneurs, Industry Innovators, Mentors and Rising Stars. “The women recognized this year highlight the breadth of the industry, shining a spotlight on incredible work in crisis communications, media relations, corporate social responsibility, DEI initiatives and beyond,” said Erika Bradbury of PRNEWS when announcing the awards.

A legendary veteran of Boston’s public relations and political scene, Ann Murphy – a partner in Seven Letter’s Boston office – is known throughout New England as a consummate professional, creative practitioner, and excellent mentor to colleagues and clients alike.  Over the past 30 years, she has mentored more than 100 people in her professional capacity alone, and many more through associations with the Massachusetts Women Political Caucus (MWPC), as its former president, and the University of Massachusetts Women Into Leadership (UWIL) program.

“Being a mentor is two-way street.  The value is in building the relationship, where you learn from the mentee,” said Murphy.  “I have benefitted from developing these relationships as much as the mentees have learned from me.  For those of us in public relations, mentoring young people allow us to keep current while nurturing the next generation of talent. Thank you to PRNEWS for recognizing how important mentorship is, especially to women who are trying to succeed in public relations.”

Ann Murphy was a Senior Vice President at O’Neill and Associates prior to its merger with Seven Letter in 2020. Prior to joining O’Neill and Associates, Ann was the director of media relations at Cablevision. She also served as Press Secretary for Mitt Romney during his 1994 U.S. Senate campaign, Deputy Press Secretary for Gov. William Weld and Lt. Gov. Paul Cellucci and served as Director of Communications for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

Before entering politics, Ann worked extensively in print and broadcast media. Her experience includes her role as assignment editor at WBZ-TV (now CBS Boston), assistant news director at WBZ radio, and a news reporter at three local Massachusetts radio stations. She started her journalism career as a newspaper reporter for the Cape Cod Independent.

She is a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, serves on the board of Under the Tree Foundation, a nonprofit that provides disadvantaged young people with holiday gifts, and is a former board member of Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

Ann has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalistic Studies and English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

PRNEWS will honor all that it has named to its Top Women in PR list at a virtual gala on July 28th.