Mike Dunn

Senior Vice President, Philadelphia

When Mike Dunn joined Ceisler Media in 2022 as Senior Vice President, it was the culmination of his more than 40 years as a broadcast journalist and public relations professional. In 1990, he began covering Philadelphia for KYW Newsradio, reporting for a quarter-century on the administrations of Mayors Rendell, Street and Nutter as City Hall bureau chief. 

In 2016, he segued to public relations by joining the administration of Mayor Jim Kenney. As senior deputy communications director, he led outreach on a wide range of complex and sometimes controversial policies and initiatives. His role also entailed daily crisis communications during a historic time for Philadelphia amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 presidential election. More recently, he served as director of communications for the Philadelphia Office of Children and Families. 

Those experiences give Mike a deep understanding of the challenges of communicating urban policies and programs amid limited resources, rampant poverty and a divided political landscape. He leverages that perspective and experience to benefit the clients of Ceisler Media by leading proactive campaigns, issues messaging, media relations and responses to crises. After watching the growth of Ceisler Media for many years from the outside, he’s now thrilled to be part of this great group of communications professionals. 

Whether it be the start of a long-planned campaign launch or the response to a sudden crisis, establishing trust is crucial to Mike, an attitude he developed over decades covering City Hall. Years of providing live reports while a story was unfolding in front of him taught him the value of staying calm, thinking clearly, and speaking with both clarity and brevity — skills that serve him well to this day. 

Mike grew up in Levittown, Bucks County, is a proud Neshaminy High alum and received his degree from the University of Maryland. He lives in Mt. Airy with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, Mike enjoys board games, video games and hiking in the Wissahickon with his three dogs. He also dabbles in fiction writing, and in 2016 published a novel that combined his love for science fiction and baseball.