Director of Publicity

Kerry PhotoKerry Gardner joined Choice Media & Communications as a Senior Publicist in September 2014. After spending two years helping lay the foundation of the business through outstanding client account management, media relations and social media strategy, she was named Director of Publicity in October 2016.

During her time at Choice, she has played a key roll in marquee publicity campaigns including America’s favorite Bachelor Sean Lowe, The New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker, Editor-in-Chief of Southern Weddings Lara Casey, Olympic diver David Boudia and the publication of “Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace.”

Prior to joining Choice, she cut her teeth in public relations interning and then working for two years as a Client Services Advisor for Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, one of the nation’s top 15 healthcare public affairs firms. In this position, she crafted and implemented strategic communications plans including on-site media management, crisis communication, and social media outreach for one of Middle Tennessee’s largest hospital systems. A self-proclaimed political news junkie, prior to joining Jarrard, she interned at the Nashville office of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. Earning her journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, as an undergraduate, she wrote for The Murfreesboro Pulse and earned her social media certification from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, as well. Currently, she is a member of a number of local organizations including Nashville PRSA. She lives in Knoxville with her husband, Jake, and their dog, Lola.

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