In his 35-year news and public affairs career, Doug Dowie has been widely recognized for his skills as a reporter, editor, teacher, communications consultant and writer.

Most recently, Doug has been a senior consultant to the president of the U.S. Veterans Initiative, the nation’s largest nonprofit providing housing and other critical services to at-risk veterans and their families.  Doug is a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served as a sergeant in Vietnam in 1968.

Doug has also recently consulted for international energy and construction companies, in addition to real estate, entertainment, planning and public affairs firms.  He also completed a screenplay, “Anonymous Sources”, which was optioned by Academy Award-winning producer Jonathon Sanger, a partner in Grand Illusions Entertainment.

For nearly 14 years, Doug was a senior vice president, senior partner and general manager of the Los Angeles office of Fleishman-Hillard, where he supervised some of the international public relations firm’s largest clients.

In addition, Doug supervised and participated in senior Fleishman-Hillard crisis management teams for major U.S. companies.  These crisis teams coordinate strategic planning, employee communication, polling, focus groups, event planning, and speechwriting, as well as radio, television, and print advertising.

Doug began his journalism career in the early 1970s as a reporter in the Sacramento Bureau of California Public Radio, where he was responsible for covering the California state legislature and the administration of

Governor Jerry Brown.  Doug also regularly contributed reports to a variety of National Public Radio programs, including “All Things Considered”.

Doug later moved to the Los Angeles Bureau of the United Press International, specializing in political reporting.  He was appointed Los Angeles bureau manager for United Press International and the California state editor, supervising bureaus in Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, and San Diego.

In 1985, Doug became business editor of the Los Angeles Daily News.  He later was named metro editor, then managing editor/news of the newspaper. 

Before joining Fleishman-Hillard in 1991, Doug was a senior aide to California State Assemblyman Richard Katz, former minority leader of the State Assembly. 

Doug has chaired the government relations committee of the Los Angeles Central City Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Business Council.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and on the board of L.A.’s BEST, the city’s premier after-school program.  He was a member and past president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist, and he taught journalism at the University of Southern California from 1985-1990.

Doug received his journalism degree from California State University, Sacramento, and did graduate work there in political science.  A native of New Jersey, he is the father of two grown children.

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