WKMichael E. Newman
Senior communications officer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Md.
Michael E. Newman is a broad-based communicator with an extensive and award-winning record in three branches of communications — public affairs, journalism, and broadcast/online media. His 40-year career — the past 29 years with the federal government — has included full-time positions and freelance work in science and medical communications, corporate media, broadcast TV and radio, and mass market publications. From 1991 to 2007, Newman was director of media relations for NIST, the Commerce Department agency that serves as the nation's measurement and standards laboratory and the federal agency charged with helping U.S. industry become more competitive in the global marketplace. In his current role as NIST's senior communications officer, he specializes in communicating with the media and the public about science and engineering research. Newman also has been a successful freelance writer/editor/video producer for more than 35 years, primarily on science, technology, medical, and health topics. He is co-chair of NASW's PIO Committee, has served on seven NASW Program Committees, and received the organization's 2013 Diane McGurgan Award for dedication and volunteer service.