Kathryn D. Hubbell, APR, M.S., Fellow PRSA, owner of AdScripts, LLC, has over 30 years’ experience in public relations and marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in public relations from the University of Oregon and a Master’s in Communications Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.
She is accredited in public relations (APR) through PRSA (the Public Relations Society of America). Kathy has worked in a wide variety of industries and professions including health care, performing arts, the timber industry, land use issues, small business, book authors, utilities, natural horsemanship, tourism, government, law enforcement and real estate. Her work has also involved projects on the Salish & Kootenai and the Fort Belknap Indian Reservations in Montana. She has written articles which have been published nationally and internationally, and has won awards for her work in both advertising and public relations. Her capstone paper at Syracuse University focused on using various public relations models for land-use and natural resource issues in the American West.
Kathy founded the Montana Chapter of PRSA in 1996; served as 2001 Chair of PRSA’s North Pacific District, encompassing eight western states, and served on the national PRSA Board of Directors from 2008-2009. She was inducted into PRSA’s College of Fellows in 2006, and in 2014 was awarded the William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award from the Portland Metro Chapter of PRSA.
She enjoyed over seven years as an adjunct professor in public relations, primarily at Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego, Oregon. During that time, she also taught online courses for the University of Montana in Missoula. Her classes in public relations principles, basic writing for the media, advanced writing for strategic communication, the law and ethics of public relations, campaign management, research, basic video production, crisis communications, social media and marketing and case studies comprised a solid foundation for public relations students.
Kathy continues to work with private clients. She served as the 2015 ethics officer as well has head of the professional development committee for the Portland Metro Chapter of PRSA. In 2016, she served on the Portland Metro Chapter Board of Directors and continued as the ethics officer. She gathered a national team to help her research and write the first new Career Guide for PRSA since 1993, and is indebted to her co-author and researcher, Aaron Sewall, for taking on the project when she needed to recover from a broken nose. In 2017, the Career Guide was finally copyrighted to the new Oregon Chapter of PRSA when the Portland Metro Chapter merged with the chapters in Eugene and Salem. Also in 2017, Kathy fulfilled a promise to the North Pacific District to help revive the Montana Chapter of PRSA with Christina Ragsdale, and took a two-week, 2,000-miles driving tour around the state. She came back thrilled with the caliber of professionals in the state, and agreed to rejoin the chapter and sign up as the new APR Chair.
For the past 16 years, Kathy has run a web site for veterans and active-duty service members regarding the military’s anthrax vaccine and other bioterrorism vaccines, and continue to update and work on the interactivity of the site. The Military Vaccine Resource Directory is not affiliated with the military in any way, but is there to provide a service to service members and veterans.
During the course of her studies, her career and her personal life, Kathy feels privileged to have traveled to 26 different countries. Her wanderlust started with a journey aboard the University of the Seven Seas, now known as Semester at Sea, and hasn’t really cooled down. However, she considers the Oregon coast to be a special touchstone place, and tends to migrate between the coast and Glacier National Park in Montana.