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from left to right: Judy Maietta, Col. John Maietta, Bob Fisher

Pennsylvania Public Relations Society Honors Local Hero

November 7, 2011

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Harrisburg, PA – At its annual Evening of Honors, the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society (PPRS) honored retired Colonial John P. Maietta.  Maietta received the organization’s most prestigious award, the Ernest M. McDowell Award for excellence in the field of communications.

Maietta graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English from Bucknell University, enlisting in the military upon graduation.  In the early part of his career, he held several different civilian positions, including press secretary for the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs as he continued part-time military service.   He then proceeded through the officer ranks 28th Infantry Division, 109th Public Affairs Detachment and State Headquarters of the Army National Guard, serving active duty in military public affairs in Bosnia and Kosovo and most recently with the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior in Baghdad.

The Ernest M. McDowell Award was established in 1991 to recognize an individual for sustained excellence in the field of public relations, in both the profession itself and the community. It is presented in memory of the late Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Relations with Capital Health System – today’s Pinnacle HealthSystem. McDowell set the standard for professionalism and community service with his good works and lifetime example. 

PPRS was formed in 1950 to support and elevate the professional standards of public relations practitioners, facilitate professional and social relations among such practitioners and disseminate professional information of benefit to individuals and the profession.  Membership candidacy is open to all persons of good standards of professional practice and ethics who, at the time of their election, earn a major portion of their livelihoods in a recognized field of public relations.


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