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"Leona has consistently shown an excellent  ability to think independently and has proven herself  to be a good problem-solver with the commitment to carry through and succeed in all that she does."
~ Reference letter available upon request


About Leona Long

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Leona Long began her career at a Los Angeles public relations and marketing communications agency specializing in health. She learned the ins and outs of placing her clients’ stories into news by working at three Los Angeles television stations. As a lead writer for Long Beach Magazine, Long wrote cover stories about Cameron Diaz, Snoop Dogg and Billie Jean King. 


 Long has more than 15 years of experience in public relations, including six years specializing in rural Alaska public relations and outreach. Since 2016, she has placed more than 400 positive news stories, Voice of America Network, Native America Calling, front-page stories in the Alaska Dispatch News, as well as more than a dozen front-page stories and editorials in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Long is the public information officer for the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Rural and Community Development (CRCD). She designed and executed the university's first outreach for the five rural campuses that geographically serve nearly two-thirds of the state, representing more than 160 primarily Alaska Native communities. She also serves UAF’s Indigenous programs including: Rural Alaska Honors Institute, Festival of Native Arts, Rural Student Services, Alaska Native Language Revitalization Institute, and Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience.

Long’s media relations, writing portfolios, and public relations campaigns have won 17 statewide from the Public Relations Society of Alaska Chapter and the Alaska Professional Communicators. In 2017, she won three first place awards from the National Federation of Press Women.

Long has volunteered more than 300 hours to help rural Alaska Native communities share their stories in the news. Her strategic storytelling advocacy and PR counsel helped ensured that Beaver’s Cruikshank School stayed open after losing state funding in December 2015. A year later, she arranged for the New York Times  to share the community’s story. She also helped Allakaket take a public no tolerance stand against methamphetamine in their community. She co-presented at the 2016 First Alaskans Elders and Youth Conference’s plenary session. Long also writes for First Alaskans magazine.


 


"I appreciate that you put your heart and deep consideration into your work." 
~ Reference letter available upon request


What Clients Say

"You work tirelessly and I know you are pitching me all the time. What you do is so hard and you make it look so easy. I'm really blessed to have you as part of the team."
~ Reference letter available upon request
"Her work has always exceeded my expectations.... Leona is easy to work with and is always motivated to get the job done, often times under short notice. She would be a huge asset to any company lucky enough to hire her on as an employee."
~ Reference letter available upon request

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers." ~ Daniel J. Boorstin