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Sean Donahue
Sean Donahue is a Principal of The Herald Group, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs and strategic communications consulting firm. He brings more than a decade of public policy, communications, new media and journalism experience.

Prior to joining the firm, Donahue was global head of environmental marketing and communications at Dell, where he also served as primary spokesman on energy efficiency, green design, climate protection and recycling initiatives.

As director of public affairs at The Glover Park Group and director of the Technology & Communications Practice at Dittus Communications, Donahue oversaw national media campaigns on behalf of technology and corporate clients. During the 2004 presidential election, he served as a national press lead for the Kerry/Edwards campaign.

Donahue began his career in media and public policy at a young age; he was the youngest visiting member of the White House Press Corps as Senior White House correspondent for WBZ-Radio's "Kid Company." He was an on-air analyst for CNN's Financial Network during the 1996 presidential primaries and served as a member of the White House Advance Staff while in college. In this role, he planned and executed media activities for foreign and domestic presidential trips, including the 2000 G-8 Summit in Okinawa and the Syrian/Israeli peace talks in Shepherdstown, W.V.

Donahue holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from the University of Virginia.

Entries by Sean Donahue

Get Ready: The Netflix Election Is Coming

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 1:03 PM

Just days before the 2012 election, The Economist published "The Woes of Netflix: Looks Bleak," a candid assessment of the Internet streaming media company's announcement of an 88 percent drop in its third quarter profit. For those tuned into day-to-day operations, it was an ominous, but not-so-surprising development:

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The Big Data Craze Is Just as Qualitative as It Is Quantitative

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 6:22 PM

One of my favorite recent movie scenes takes place at the end of Moneyball, when Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) is summoned to Fenway Park to meet with Red Sox owner John Henry (played by Arliss Howard). Henry, impressed with Beane's highly improbable success in...

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Art Class for the Digital Age: The Emergence of the 'Visual-First' Social Web

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 4:05 PM

It's been nearly 30 years and I still haven't fully recovered. My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Lynch, decided to enter our class in a newspaper contest to submit a proposed advertising idea and drawing for a well-known local furniture store. I was toast.

Suffice to say, I didn't win the...

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Today's Internet Forecast: Cloudy with a High Chance of Content Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:14 PM

In the best-selling children's book, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," author Judi Barrett joins husband and illustrator Ron Barrett to tell the story of Chewandswallow, a fictitious town that relies on the weather for its daily food supply. For years, everything works normally, until one day a...

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Live-Tweeting the Papal Conclave: Why Not?

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 12:32 PM

I'll admit it. This idea is likely to go nowhere.

But with the Vatican's recent Twitter campaign (God must have signed off), it's worth exploring.

Consider the following: there have been three papal conclaves in the last 35 years. Pope John Paul I died 33 days after his...

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UVA Board Blunder: What Would Jefferson Do?

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 1:24 AM

The decision to force University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan's resignation has rightfully been met with anger and dismay, especially coming from a university that prides itself on trust and honor. As a proud alumnus (CLAS '02), it's clear that the only possible resolution to this matter includes...

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Why 2012 Is Shaping Up to Be the 'Verb' Election

(2) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 11:30 PM

Note: Bob Pearson, Chief Technology & Media Officer at WCG, also author of "Pre-Commerce: How Companies and Customers Are Transforming Business Together," joined me in writing the following post.

Verbs have become powerful enough to shape the presidential race. Facebook's latest changes, while not political in nature, are symbolic...

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Washington's Great Digital Divide

(4) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 5:50 PM

With President Obama and Members of Congress spending the next two and a half months reconnecting with anxious (and opinionated) voters, it's fair to ask why many of our elected representatives have been slow to fully embrace the world's most basic online and social networking sites; platforms, for all intents...

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Milken's Simple Solutions

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 1:52 PM

The premise of the centuries-old theoretical principle known as "Occam's Razor" is that all things being equal, the most practical explanation is typically the correct one. Nowhere was this more evident than at the 2010 Milken Global Conference, which wrapped up Wednesday in Los Angeles.

For more than a dozen...

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Why Washington Needs to Keep Its Eye On the Cloud

(3) Comments | Posted August 3, 2009 | 12:02 PM

Perhaps one of the most underestimated and misunderstood phenomenons of the digital age, cloud computing -- the movement of data, software and services away from the desktop to remote servers or data centers -- is transforming the way we communicate, research and conduct everyday business and life.

The Internet,...

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What Does Health Mean to You?

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2009 | 3:30 PM

This was the official question that nearly 200 of the world's foremost health-care experts, physicians and scholars attempted to answer at the 2009 Aspen Health Forum, which wrapped up Monday in Aspen, Colorado, after four days of speeches, panel discussions and idea-sharing sessions.

As Congress prepares to break for...

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