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PRSA honors public relations alumnus

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Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Westminster College alumnus Matthew McDonald was recently recognized by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

McDonald, an external communications associate for Duquesne Light Company, received the prestigious 2021 Rising Star Award during the virtual PRSA-Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Awards ceremony on Jan. 28. Given annually to one individual, the Rising Star Award recognizes public relations professionals who have been in the industry for fewer than five years, but have made a significant impact in their field.

McDonald earned his bachelor’s in public relations from Westminster in 2019.

The PRSA-Pittsburgh event, emceed by KDKA-TV sports anchor Josh Taylor, honored local organizations, agencies, businesses and communicators in Pittsburgh for their innovative work across all aspects of public relations and marketing communications.

This year’s ceremony recognized more than 30 different communication campaigns and tactics created in 2020 from companies such as Duquesne Light Company, Highmark, Pittsburgh Zoo, Starkist and The Home Depot.

Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is the premier organization serving communications, marketing and public relations professionals in southwestern Pennsylvania. For more about the Renaissance Awards, click here.

For more information about Westminster’s strategic communication and social media major, please click here.