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Nunley Joins PRA as Communication and Development Director

The Rev. Jan Nunley, an Episcopal priest, journalist, and author, joined the staff of Political Research Associates on January 5 as director of communication and development.

Somerville, MA (PRA) January 14, 2008 -- The Rev. Jan Nunley, an Episcopal priest, journalist, and author, joined the staff of Political Research Associates (PRA) on January 5 as director of communication and development.

"Jan brings to PRA a long-standing familiarity with our work and the issues we research," said the Rev. Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, PRA's president and executive director. "She has a comprehensive knowledge of national and regional media and funders, and the experience and understanding of new media we need to continue to challenge the agenda of the radical Right. We are delighted to welcome her to PRA and consider ourselves very fortunate to have her."

Nunley served most recently on the staff of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at the Episcopal Church Center in New York. She spent 20 years as a television and radio news anchor and reporter in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. While in seminary at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she anchored "Weekend Edition" for Boston's WBUR-FM and worked as newscaster and development director for National Public Radio's environmental news program, Living on Earth.

Nunley was ordained priest in 1995 and served as rector of a parish in Providence as well as communications director for the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. She was the media liaison for the women bishops of the Anglican Communion and a member of the official news team at the 1998 Lambeth Conference. She also reported for Episcopal News Service at the Episcopal Church's last six General Conventions, and anchored video reports at the 2006 Convention.

In 2000 she became deputy director of Episcopal News Service at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. In 2004 she was named deputy for communication, and in 2007 executive editor of Episcopal Life Media.

She is the author of the North American edition of How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take To Change a Christian? (Seabury Books, 2007). She has received many honors for her articles and photography, both in secular and religious media, and served on the board of Episcopal Communicators.

About PRA:

Political Research Associates is a Somerville, Massachusetts-based think tank that fuses journalistic reporting techniques with traditional research to produce reports on the U.S. Right in support of movements for reproductive and LGBTQ rights, racial justice, civil liberties, and economic justice. Founded 28 years ago, PRA has become one of the country's most respected progressive think tanks. It is the publisher of The Public Eye magazine, a quarterly on the U.S. Right.


The Rev. Jan Nunley
Director of Communication and Development
Political Research Associates
1310 Broadway, Suite 201
Somerville, MA 02144-1867
Phone: 617-666-5300
Cell: 914-621-7669
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