D.C. Mayor Hopes To Highlight Positive Message | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

D.C. Mayor Hopes To Highlight Positive Message

Play associated audio
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray appointed a new communications director Monday, saying he thinks the message about the positive efforts of his administration has been lost at times.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityyear/5702181831/
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray appointed a new communications director Monday, saying he thinks the message about the positive efforts of his administration has been lost at times.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is shaking up his communications staff in an effort to help the administration get its message back on track.

Gray acknowledged today that his administration has at times struggled to communicate its agenda to the public, and says he is replacing his communications director, Dr. Linda Wharton-Boyd, with Pedro Ribeiro, the former communications director for Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.).

The Gray administration stumbled right out of the gate, with several hiring scandals -- including the case of former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown -- breaking just as the new mayor was sworn in. The controversies led to council hearings, a congressional inquiry and a federal investigation that is ongoing. 

As a result, Gray says some of the administration's success stories, such as its early education effort and the city’s record-low homicide rate, have been overshadowed.

"Yes, there are days when I feel like the message hasn't gotten out there as much as we would like to," Gray said Monday, just after he announced Ribeiro's appointment.

Boyd will be transferred to the D.C. Department of Health, where she will work on the city's effort to combat substance abuse. Gray also hired Sheila Bunn to serve as his deputy chief of staff. Bunn most recently served as chief of staff to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

NPR

Fresh Air Weekend: Toni Morrison, Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction, Will Forte

Nobel laureate Morrison reflects on her life and her regrets; Maureen Corrigan reviews a reissue of four of Macdonald's 1950s novels; SNL alum Forte discusses comedy and Bruce Dern's acting advice.
NPR

PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

The company says Diet Pepsi consumers are concerned about aspartame. But the Food and Drug Administration has long affirmed that the sweetener is safe in amounts commonly used by beverage companies.
NPR

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was officially sworn in this week. His confirmation was held up for more than a year because of comments he made about gun violence. Murthy talks with NPR's Scott Simon.
NPR

As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.