Ann S. Murphy is a senior vice president in the communications practice at O’Neill and Associates. She brings to her role more than 25 years of experience with the media including professional roles in print and broadcast news as well as government, political and corporate public relations. Women’s Business Boston has featured Ms. Murphy in their annual “Top 10 PR Specialists” list twice in three years.
Prior to joining O’Neill and Associates, Ms. Murphy was the director of media relations at Cablevision in Boston, Massachusetts. In this capacity, she served as the company’s chief spokesperson, coordinated media events with cable partners such as C-SPAN and Home and Garden TV, and supported marketing efforts to launch new products such as digital television, cable modems and other high tech options.
Ms. Murphy also served as director of communications for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue where she was instrumental in developing the public information/education campaign on the agency’s innovative tax filing technology. At the D.O.R., she contributed to numerous awards including the Computerworld/Smithsonian Award for Telefile, tax filing by telephone.
She also served as press secretary for former U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney and was deputy press secretary for Gov. William Weld and Lt. Gov. Paul Cellucci.
Ms. Murphy’s experience extends to the working media as she was an assignment editor at WBZ-TV, an assistant news director at WBZ radio and a news reporter at radio stations in Brockton, Fitchburg and on Cape Cod. She started her journalism career as a newspaper reporter for the Cape Cod Independent in Buzzards Bay.
Ms. Murphy is a board member and past president of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. She served on the advisory board of GRLZ Radio, a radio station originated and operated by teenage girls in Boston to give them a voice in their community, and the board of the Under the Tree Foundation, a nonprofit that provides disadvantaged 12-17 year olds with gifts during the holiday season. Additionally, she serves on the board of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Afghanistan through community-based education. Ms. Murphy also serves on the board of Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
Ms. Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in journalistic studies and English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She resides in Waltham, Massachusetts.