Leona Long​ 

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

"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."
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"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." 
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​“Leona has a breadth of personal experience, yet maintains an openness and respect for others' experiences and opinions.  This approach has made her particularly effective in reaching out to and  working  with Alaska's rural communities."
~Letter of Reference available upon request

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Leona Long is the public information officer for the University of Alaska FairbanksCollege of Rural and Community Development. She designed and implemented the first strategic communications effort for the university’s five rural campuses and Indigenous programs. Leona also writes for First Alaskans magazine. 

As an individual competing against teams, Leona has won five Public Relations Society of America Alaska Chapter Aurora Awards and a first place Award of Excellence for her writing portfolio. She is the only person in the last two years to submit Aurora Awards entries for pro bono projects on behalf of an organization.

Volunteering her time to help Interior villages advocate to the media, she arranged Associated Press news coverage that helped keep Beaver’s Cruikshank School open and also helped Allakaket protest the proposed road to Ambler. She also helped raise awareness about Rampart’s need for a qualified teacher.

Leona worked at the news desks of three Los Angeles television stations, KVEA-TV, KNBC-TV and KABC-TV. These experiences taught her how to place her clients into breaking news. Under the direction of best-selling author and Associated Press and CNN television reporter/producer Susan Bullington Katz, Leona polished her writing and editing skills and learned how journalists think. 

 Before moving to Alaska, Leona was an account supervisor for a full-service public relations and marketing communications agency in Los Angeles.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Weber State University in Utah. 

Leona has presented on Storytelling Advocacy at the 2016 Elders and Youth plenary session and the 2016 Racial Equity Conference, which were sponsored by First Alaskans Institute. She authored a guide with instructions and worksheets walking community members through the steps of sharing their story with the media. For more information or to have Leona speak to your organization about Storytelling Advocacy, contact her at (907) 978-0506 or email leona@leonalong.com.

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