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Stimpson Appoints Dir. of Communications
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson Wednesday announced George Talbot as Director of Communications and External Affairs.
Talbot's first day will be November 4.
Talbot is an award-winning writer, reporter and columnist. Currently, he serves as the lead state and national political reporter for AL.com and the Alabama Media Group. Additionally, he is a regular political analyst on local radio and television, and is a sought after source for national and international news outlets that are reporting on events in Alabama or throughout the Gulf Coast.
George is one of the most talented and well-respected journalists in Alabama and the United States. I am thrilled he is joining my team. He is someone who has a reach that extends from Mobile through Montgomery all the way to Washington and beyond. His expertise will help my administration develop a world-class communications office, said Sandy Stimpson.
Talbot previously served as the political editor and business reporter at the Press Register from 2001-2012. He is also the Co-Founder of the Gulf Coast Reporters League, a team of reporters from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi that has published two books spotlighting the significant and widespread aerospace and defense activities along the Gulf Coast.
George understands and believes that in order for Mobile to become the safest, most business and family- friendly city in America -- we will need to effectively, transparently and regularly communicate with all of the citys stakeholders, particularly its citizens. He will lead this effort for my team, Stimpson said.
Talbots many honors include the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2007, Talbot swept the Alabama Press Associations Best Business Reporting category, winning first, second and third places with three different stories. He is also one of Alabamas most followed news reporters on Twitter.
A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Rhodes College. He is married with two children and is an elder, usher and Sunday school teacher in his church.
I have long known Sandy Stimpson as a member of the Mobile community. But since the election, I have come to know him as a leader driven to help Mobile realize its full potential, Talbot said. I share his vision for the city, and I am excited and proud to join his administration, working on behalf of the people of Mobile.