Philadelphia, September 30, 2010 – Today, Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Mark McDonald will be appointed as Press Secretary for the Mayor’s Office. In his position, Mr. McDonald will be the Administration’s primary liaison to the media and will work closely with the Mayor and top Administration officials. He previously served as the Mayor’s Speechwriter and joined the Administration in January 2008.
“I have known Mark for many years, and while he worked at the Daily News, I learned that he was a fair, thoughtful, and unrelenting reporter. After working directly with him for the past two and a half years, he is an indispensable and valued member of my Administration,” said Mayor Nutter. “No one has a more thorough understanding of the relationship between the media and municipal government in Philadelphia than Mark. I look forward to working even more closely with him in the months and years to come.”
“I’m honored to serve Mayor Nutter and the citizens of Philadelphia in this new position,” Mr. McDonald said. “The Mayor is committed to an open and transparent government, and I look forward to working with news organizations focused on city government and services.
Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Mr. McDonald was the City Hall bureau chief of the Philadelphia Daily News for seven years. During his 21-year career with the Daily News, he primarily reported on city government and three different mayoral administrations. Mr. McDonald has an A.B. degree in history from College of the Holy Cross and a M.A. from Boston College. He also spent several years studying Soviet politics at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. A resident of Mt. Airy, he is married and has two daughters.
Mr. McDonald’s appointment is effective Friday, October 1, 2010. His salary will be $120,000, which is subject to a five percent salary reduction.