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City of Madison Hires Local Journalist for Newly-Created Communications Manager Position

Local journalist Dylan Brogan was recently named the City of Madison’s new communications manager, a newly created position.

The new position was approved by the Madison Common Council in the 2024 budget. City officials say they created the job to support and better facilitate outreach to the public. They also hope to keep residents better informed about local government.

Brogan will oversee planning, organizing, and coordinating communications and will focus on reaching underrepresented residents, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

Brogan attended Madison East high school and graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in communications. Brogan started his journalism career by covering the Act 10 protests in 2011. He then went on to lead a team of volunteer reporters at WORT and expanded the community radio station’s news reporting. He spent several years reporting on local government and city life for Madison’s alt-weekly, Isthmus.

He will start as communications manager on May 28, with an annual salary of $91,181.

Brogan has lived in the Madison community for many years, covered a range of topic areas, and worked in a variety of roles. He is a multi-media journalist and helps produce podcasts for The Capital Times and other local media outlets.

According to a City of Madison press release, Brogan will serve as a spokesperson for the city and the mayor's office. He will be based in the mayor’s office.

“Dylan has built trust with the community by telling compelling, nuanced stories with fair and objective reporting,” Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said. “His background and experience in covering city policies and government, as well as his familiarity with, Madison communities make him a great fit for this position,” she said.

[Source: Wisconsin State Journal]

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