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NAGC Communicator of the Year

Bob Muir is NAGC’s 2016 Communicator of the Year

download press release (Mar. 23, 2016)

The National Association of Government Communicators has selected Bob Muir, manager of the Press Office of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, as its 2016 Communicator of the Year. The NAGC Communicator of the Year Award recognizes a government communicator who fostered public trust by personifying the role of government communicators in delivering accurate, timely and meaningful information to the public -- sometimes under extraordinary circumstances.

Bob Muir, NAGC's 2016 Communicator of the Year

Photo courtesy of: The Press-Enterprise/

Muir earned the award for his responsiveness, subject matter expertise, and straight talk in communicating to media and with the public during the 2015 Southern California drought. “What really set him apart from the other candidates were the metrics noted in the nomination package,” said NAGC President John Verrico. “They showcased the extensive effectiveness of his various efforts across a variety of communication platforms, resulting in increases of community participation in programs, and extraordinary interaction generated by the water conservation campaign.”

Muir will receive the award during the 2016 NAGC Communications School, June 7-9, 2016, in Washington, D.C.


About the Program
Each year, NAGC awards a government communicator who has helped instill public trust by effectively presenting accurate, timely and meaningful information, sometimes under exceptional circumstances. The award is presented at the annual NAGC Communications School, which will take place this year in Washington, DC.

Eligible nominees must have communicated the message for a government entity’s project/incident during the prevoius calendar year. Additional criteria include:

  • The individual must have generated substantial media coverage for her/his government entity.
  • The individual must have been in compliance with the NAGC Code of Ethics in performing government duties with truth, accuracy, fairness, responsibility and accountability to the public.
  • The individual may be an NAGC member or non-member. (NAGC National Board members are ineligible.)


Past Winners

Each year, NAGC asks for nominations of outstanding individuals whom you believe to be the most effective in delivering a government organization’s message within the last year. The award recipient will join a long list of past honorees, including:

  • Jessica Milcetich, Digital Media Strategist, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), for her management of social media and outreach projects for
  • Kerri Richardson, Director of Communications, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's Office, for her ability to communicate Kentucky’s decision to expand Medicaid and launch their own, state-based ACA Health Benefits Exchange.
  • Carl A. Fillichio, Senior Advisor for Communications and Public Affairs, for improving the security of the print media “lock up” at the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Judy Gish, California Department of Transportation, for the successful communication of the I-405 freeway closure in Los Angeles, averting “Carmaggedon.”
  • U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen (Ret.), National Incident Commander during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Linda Wilson, I-64 Community Relations Manager, Missouri Department of Transportation, for handling the closing down of a major interstate highway to 2.5 million residents of a metropolitan region to replace 10 miles of Interstate 64 in St. Louis.
  • David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States, for sounding the warning about government finances.
  • Max Mayfield, Director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.