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Richard Grenell was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy for the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2001. Mr. Grenell has spent the last fourteen years as the primary communications advisor for public officials at the local, state, federal and international levels. Mr. Grenell has advised four U.S. Ambassadors - John D. Negroponte, John C. Danforth, John R. Bolton and Zalmay Khalilzad - on the formulation and articulation of United States policy at the United Nations. Mr. Grenell was also appointed by John C. Danforth in 2004 as an Alternative Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations Security Council with full voting rights and privileges.

Mr. Grenell has served as the United States Spokesman at the United Nations during the world body’s most turbulent time. Mr. Grenell and his staff of fourteen are responsible for all aspects of media relations, public relations, public affairs, marketing communications, communications strategy, crisis communications, special events, business community outreach and the website. He and his team have led communications strategies on issues such as the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq; peacekeeping operations in Haiti, Liberia, the Congo and Sudan; the conflict in the Middle East; Iran’s nuclear weapons program; a North Korean missile test; Syria/Lebanon conflict; and the UN’s Oil for Food Corruption investigation to name a few.

Mr. Grenell has also been appointed as a United States delegate to a variety of United Nations’ Conferences, including the Financing for Development Conference (3/02), the Special Session on Children (5/02), the World Food Summit (6/02), the World Summit on Sustainable Development (8/02), the Iraq Donors Conference (10/03), the Liberia Donors Conference (2/04), the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee (8/04), the NPT Review Conference (5/05), the High Level Event on HIV/AIDS (5/06), and the Commission on Population and Development (4/07).

Prior to his service at the United Nations, Mr. Grenell served as Spokesman/Director of Communications for Mayor Susan Golding of San Diego. While in San Diego, Mr. Grenell helped lead a successful campaign for a $1.2 billion ballpark redevelopment project that included 26 downtown blocks anchored by a baseball stadium for the San Diego Padres. Mr. Grenell has also served as a spokesman in Governor George Pataki’s Administration in New York where he led a successful campaign to redesign the advertising and image for the $3 billion New York Lottery. In addition, Mr. Grenell served as Spokesman/Director of Communications for Congressman (and current Governor) Mark Sanford of South Carolina, and Congressman Dave Camp of Michigan.

Mr. Grenell has moderated several United Nations Panel Discussions on subjects ranging from Children in Armed Conflict, Environmentally Smart Packaging Solutions and Alternative Clean Energy Solutions.

Mr. Grenell is also an active speaker on issues involving crisis communications, the media, new media for communications professionals, the United Nations and international issues ranging from the Sudan to North Korea and the Middle East. Grenell was a featured guest speaker for Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2008 Homeland Security Annual Conference.

Mr. Grenell received a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Public Administration from Evangel College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Grenell currently holds a United States Government Top Secret Security Clearance (TS/SCI) and has completed WMD Chemical and Biological weapons training, as well as Cyber Security training.

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Stop Endless International Welfare

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 6:32 PM

For the past five decades, the United Nations has been responding to certain international conflicts by sending peacekeepers to help diffuse the situation. Many times those peacekeepers serve as simple observers to the crisis, reporting back to diplomats in New York what they see happening on the ground. Other times,...

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10 Things We Learned From the Howard Kurtz Interview

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 11:09 AM

  1. Jeff Zucker is serious about cleaning up CNN.
  2. Jeff Zucker is serious about cleaning up CNN.
  3. Kurtz deserves credit for being willing to sit and be judged.
  4. Kurtz didn't get fired from the Daily Beast, the Daily Beast is having internal (financial ;)) issues.
  5. NPR has a journalist willing to...
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Obama to Israel: I'm Proposing We Let Iran Enrich Some Uranium

(76) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 9:46 AM

When President Obama arrives in Jerusalem for the first time as the United States President, he will undoubtedly brief Israeli officials on his three-week old proposal to solve the Iranian nuclear crisis. Ironically, the president's new policy shift is still mostly unknown in the U.S. because it has been deliberately...

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Republicans Take the Higher Ground With a Vote on Hagel

(10) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 3:58 PM

I'm sure the media won't report on the conciliatory move by Senate Republicans to give President Obama an up or down vote on his Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel.

But it's worth highlighting the olive branch extended to the president by the GOP. After all, then-Senators Obama, Biden,...

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New York Times, Washington Post Both Fail to Report Real Reasons for Hagel Filibuster

(65) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 10:26 PM

Paul Kane of the Washington Post framed the whole Chuck Hagel filibuster as one big tea-party plan that risks national security. Kane's lede even went so far as to erroneously claim the Hagel confirmation vote delay was because of a new GOP request to look further into the...

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Cutting the Ribbon in Burma Without Doing the Work in Iran and Syria

(27) Comments | Posted November 18, 2012 | 9:10 PM

Monday, President Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit Burma. The unprecedented trip is a celebration for the second largest country in Southeast Asia. It's also a remarkable achievement since Burma only recently held national elections in 2010 after holding the leader of the democratic opposition party, Aung...

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"One Tough Nerd" Rick Snyder Is a Governor to Watch

(65) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 12:18 PM

Republican governors in the Midwest have been creating a lot of buzz over the last few years. From Wisconsin's Scott Walker to Ohio's John Kasich, GOP chief executives have been out front trying to fix their state budgets. But Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who has routinely been described as "one...

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Obama Needs to Actively Confront Chinese Revisionism in Asia

(10) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 10:44 AM

In the aftermath of the failed Russian re-set, much has been written about the Obama Administration's inability to convince Moscow to support Washington's diplomatic priorities. Nowhere is this more evident than Syria, where Russia's third veto at the United Nations' Security Council was widely portrayed as Moscow's

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Trickery in the Media's Coverage of Today's Unemployment Rate Increase

(102) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 6:27 PM

The credibility of the mainstream media is at such a low level that it's no wonder newspapers are dying. Once viewed as legitimate and unbiased journalists, many news reporters have been outed as opinion writers and advocates for liberal causes and candidates. Like a scene from the movie Sunset Boulevard,...

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Poland Represents Obama's Acquiescence and Weakness

(301) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 12:54 PM

When candidate Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008, he was roundly ridiculed for his simplistic world view. Obama believed that he could ignore decades of history dealing with regimes hostile to the U.S. and pursue a policy of engaging America's enemies. Inherent in Obama's rationale was that he could...

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In Defense of the U.N. Security Council

(35) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 11:56 AM

In the rush to condemn the U.N. Security Council for another diplomatic failure to protect the Syrian people from Bashar al-Assad's brutal regime, many reporters have missed one key fact. The Security Council actually had enough votes to pass the resolution offered by the British government but the Russians and...

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Vogue's Anna Wintour Invited to White House Dinner on One Year Anniversary of Mrs. Assad Profile

(6) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 9:20 AM

One year ago this month, Vogue magazine published a glowing profile piece of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife, Asma. Over the last year, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour has defended her magazine's portrayal of the Syrian First Lady despite the brutal crackdown in Syria by Asma's husband's...

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It's Time to Tax Internet Gambling and Make it Legal

(7) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 3:39 PM

One of the complaints from the Occupy movement protesters is that gambling by the banking sector is what created the economic crisis gripping the globe. And they're partially correct in placing blame at the feet of bankers who recklessly played the markets like a game of Monopoly. But risk is...

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Obama and Rice Encouraged a Palestinian UN Vote

(55) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 11:15 AM

You can't blame the Palestinians for trying. Over the last few years, the Obama Administration has encouraged the Palestinians to make bold moves. While shifting U.S. policy away from Israel, President Obama clearly and definitively told the Palestinians to reject violence but plan for statehood. Within five months of taking...

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Bloomberg Gives $50 Million To Drive American Jobs To China

(78) Comments | Posted August 7, 2011 | 10:29 AM

Make no mistake about it, billionaire Michael Bloomberg is a technology whiz. But his energy ideas are bankrupt. His $50 million gift to support the Sierra Club's anti-coal agenda and to stop coal-fired power plants will undoubtedly help move American jobs to China.

As the Mayor of America's...

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Susan Rice Fails To Show Up For Crucial UN Middle East Debate

(42) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 5:45 PM

It's happened again -- Susan Rice has skipped another UN meeting critical to U.S. interests. Today's UN Security Council debate on the Middle East was the last open meeting scheduled before the planned UN vote to recognize Palestinian statehood. The Obama Administration has said it doesn't think it's a good...

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Dan Savage at White House Pride Reception: Obama Won't Support Marriage Before '12 Election, I'm Not Furious

(6) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 2:28 PM

Below is the official White House Press Pool Report from President Obama's Pride reception at the White House.

In it you will see that Dan Savage thinks supporting gay marriage is being "out on the furthest limb" for Obama so he isn't furious with him for his position. Savage also...

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Once Again, The Advocate Hides Democrat's Anti-Gay Views

(14) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 3:25 PM

Updated below.

Once again, The Advocate magazine has hidden a Democrat's anti-gay views. This time, The Advocate protects First Lady Michelle Obama. In an article today on, writer Lucas Grindley reports on former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey's appearance on CNN Monday but fails...

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A Hunger Strike to Capture the White House's Attention

(10) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 11:15 AM

Elizabeth Blackney is on her 38th day of a hunger strike to get President Barack Obama to pay attention to the plight of the women of the Congo. So far, the White House hasn't noticed. But Blackney is hoping her final few days of the 40-day campaign will catch the...

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Bring Home U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford

(9) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 12:06 PM

This week, United States Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford participated in a tour sponsored by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government in the Northwest province of Idlib. The propaganda tour was organized to show the devastation caused by what government officials described as "foreign outlaws" and "radical Islamists." The excursion included...

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