Dianna Pierce Burgess
Dianna Pierce Burgess has spent the last 25 years in television news, journalism, politics and public relations. She has a broad range of skills and expertise – her experience goes from the White House to the front lines of national television news to the digital world of journalism websites and advising non-profits on communications and media.
Dianna is a 5-time national Emmy Award winner, a recipient of a Peabody Award and a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award for Justice. She started her career in 1993, where she joined the Clinton White House, helping with press, strategy and communications plans. She then spent 11 years at ABC News/ Nightline as a producer and senior producer. She’s covered wars, natural disasters, politics, sports, foreign policy, social issues and more. She produced several live Town Hall meetings across the globe, and after spending 3 years in South Africa doing freelance charity work, she returned to D.C. and became Director of Public Relations for Foreign Policy magazine. The magazine was expanding a nascent internet site and her goal was to help raise web traffic, introduce videos, establish the magazine as an online force, and recruit online advertisers, and upon leaving FP in 2010, the website traffic uniques had grown from 1 million/month to over 10 million, and the magazine won the prestigious “Ellie” Award (the National Magazine Award) for General Excellence.
Dianna lives in London with her husband and daughter, and worked with Global Change Network for the past 4 years, helping clients in the women and girls space, such as the International Center for Research on Women and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, on communications strategy.