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Damon Romine, TUW Valedictorian and student speaker at TUW 2013 Commencement Ceremony, graduated with honors with a degree in Master of Arts in Media and Communication Psychology.
With more than 20 years of experience, Damon Romine is Director, Communications for SAG-AFTRA, an AFL-CIO union representing more than 165,000 actors, broadcasters, and recording artists. In his role, Romine manages the union's external communications, which includes crisis management, member relations, and the award-winning magazine, SAG-AFTRA. He helped shepherd the historic merger campaign that brought together SAG and AFTRA in early 2012. During his tenure, the union's communications efforts have been recognized with awards from the International Labor Communications Association, the Public Relations Society of America, and PRWeek.
Prior to joining the union, Romine spent four years as national spokesman and Entertainment Media Director of GLAAD where he worked tirelessly within the entertainment industry to elevate portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) images. At GLAAD he created the annual Network Responsibility Index, which continues to be used today to gauge the breadth of LGBT content on television. He was the architect of "Be an Ally & a Friend," the largest-ever LGBT multimedia PSA campaign, featuring stars such as Ellen DeGeneres, Alan Cumming, Sally Field, Sofia Vergara, Kevin Bacon, and Kyra Sedgwick. The campaign aired across dozens of TV networks and Internet platforms.
Romine previously served in senior editorial roles for consumer entertainment magazines published by Hearst Magazines and Bauer Publishing and as a communications consultant for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. The author of two non-fiction books, Romine is a recognized expert on how popular culture impacts attitudes and values. He has served as a thought leader and strategist on utilizing media to hold public figures accountable and shift public opinion concerning progressive and civil rights issues. He has appeared in dozens of news stories and interviews in outlets such as the Associated Press, ABC, CNN, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Hard Copy, The Leeza Gibbons Show, The New York Times, NPR, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Hollywood, and SiriusXM.
Damon's TUW Experience
The online learning experience offers tools and resources that are accessible, engaging, relevant, and flexible for those who are busy professionals. Any perceived obstacles of a long-distance education are countered at TUW with engaged and experienced professors, current information that cannot be found in textbooks, and a collaborative student population anxious to share ideas and help each other attain the best learning experience possible. Even though I was already working in the field of communications, the TUW program provided me an important understanding of the theories and practice behind the work I do, so much so that I was able to immediately apply this critical thinking to my work in public relations, marketing, and media leadership.
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