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Member Spotlight: Nancy Gay

This Member Spotlight profiles Nancy Gay, APR, who is Strategic Communications Coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center. Nancy joined the chapter in 2014, is a member of the Digital Communications Committee and is currently serving as 2018 chair of the Social Media Team.  

1. First news publication you read in the morning?

A variety of news sources through Facebook, including Fox News and CNN, and local affiliates such as WFLA and WTVT.

2. First public relations job?

Communications director at the American Heart Association. This was a career change for me after working as a television reporter for a number of years.

3. Most important career mentor, and why?

An old boss who taught me that there is life after television news, and that the most effective way to bring broadcast journalism skills to public relations is through brand journalism. This is journalism that organizations use to tell their own stories about what makes them unique, and also use to take advantage of new communication channels, like social media, to spread the word about their organization instead of relying on traditional media outlets.

4. Top grammar, style or writing pet peeve?

Starting a sentence with the word “so.”

5. Most rewarding accomplishment in public relations?

I had an opportunity to help a teenager who was a quadriplegic fulfill his dream of attending the Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway and meeting his idol, Tony Stewart. Once we were able to secure this opportunity with the racing organization, our biggest challenge was getting the tools and equipment necessary to care for the teen while at the race, but thanks to a 24-hour nurse we were able to arrange to be there, and it all worked out.

6. Advice to new public relations professionals?

Follow your dreams and pursue a public relations job that falls in line with your passion.

7. Job you would pursue if you weren’t in public relations?

If I weren’t working in public relations, I’d pursue my passion for broadcast journalism working as a television reporter with a concentration on health and fitness.

8. Favorite movie?

Gone with the Wind.

9. Favorite vacation?

A two-week trip traveling up the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco and stopping at San Luis Obispo, Carmel and Sonoma.

10. Any three dinner guests?

Teresa Caputo, Jerry Seinfeld and Kenny Chesney.


Covering Gov. Scott for Moffitt Cancer Center.


In Lutz for a session of goat yoga, one of the newest fitness trends that lends a unique twist to this exercise.


Making a new friend at the Sunflower Festival at Sweetfield Farms in Masaryktown, Florida, where each spring giant sunflowers are grown that can reach heights of more than 10 ft.


Me and my baby, Dolce, a Maltese.

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