Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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The Mother of all PR FAILS

Here's a first for me:  within minutes I got emails from two A-list on-air talents about a dreadful PR pitched that they had received.  Each has periodically emailed me in the past when they've come across a particularly awful pitch, mostly for shits and giggles, but this one made the rounds faster than a celebrity sex tape.

Quote from A-lister number one: "Best pitch email I've had in a long time. Didn't even make it past the salutation." And from A-list number two about three seconds later: "OMG!!!! PR FAIL!!!"

I'll spare the details of the awful pitch, but the PR superstar who authored it evidently a. believes in spam pitches, and b. doesn't know how to merge lists because the opening sentence said:

Name of Person, Hi (first name),

Ahh, nothing like a failed spam email to make a reporter feel special.  Of course, it didn't help that the pitch itself made almost no sense.  FAIL.

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Reader Comments (3)

I'd love to see the pitch some day (even if you delete the name of the person out of it). I just hope it's no one I know or work with.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Unfortunately, that's starting to get a little too common. I've received similar emails from PR firms and they seem to be increasing in frequency.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAanarav Sareen

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