Communications Consultant and Writer
With an extensive background in journalism, magazine and book writing, Doug Root spent the past eight years as director of communications for The Heinz Endowments, one of the largest regionally-focused foundations in the country. Working with a staff of four, he managed internal and external communications and expanded their reach as the foundation became more involved in significant public initiatives.
At the Endowments, Doug was one of the founders of h, a full-color, quarterly magazine that uses narrative writing and documentary-style photography to explain the work of the foundation and its grantees. He also directed production of other internal publications. At the foundation and for other organizations, he has written speeches, OpEds, blog pieces and directed public messaging campaigns that include use of social media and multi-platform advertising. He has extensive experience working with the news media, acting as spokesman for foundations, government and nonprofit organizations.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Pennsylvania State University, Doug began his writing and communications career as a reporter for a small suburban newspaper. He then moved to The Pittsburgh Press, where he rose to become an award-winning senior writer for the Sunday magazine. When the newspaper was sold in 1994, he left daily newspaper work and completed an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship for documentary journalism. He has written for more than a dozen national and regional magazines and written two books, one of them a travel history guide to Pennsylvania. In 1998, he began to concentrate on nonprofit organizations, including, as the writer for several years of the United Nations’ State of the World’s Children Report. Before joining the Endowments, Doug did some government service, working as communications director for then Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy.