Frank Mankiewicz is a vice chairman of Hill & Knowlton’s Washington D.C. office and a senior member of the public affairs practice. In this position, he counsels numerous national and international clients on media strategy and public affairs.
Prior to joining Hill & Knowlton's predecessor, Gray and Company in 1983, Mr. Mankiewicz was president of National Public Radio. Under his leadership, the NPR audience increased from two to eight million listeners for a network of nearly 300 non-commercial stations.
Active in politics, Mankiewicz served as press secretary to the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, as presidential campaign director for Sen. George McGovern, and has been active in national and regional political campaigns as a senior advisor to political candidates. In the mid-1960s, he served as regional director of the Peace Corps for Latin America. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French.
A lawyer and member of the California, District of Columbia and Supreme Court bars, Mankiewicz also has broad experience as a print and electronic journalist, as a TV anchorman, as an analyst of American politics for American and foreign television and radio, and as a syndicated columnist.
Mr. Mankiewicz is the author of numerous articles in magazines and journals, and four books: Perfectly Clear: Nixon from Whittier to Watergate (1973); U.S. v. Richard M. Nixon: The Final Crisis (1974); With Fidel: A Portrait of Castro and Cuba (1975); and, Remote Control: Television and the Manipulation of American Life (1977).