For Immediate Release - July 12, 2013

Supreme Judicial Court Appoints New Public Information Officer

The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court today announced that they have selected Jennifer Donahue as the Court's new Public Information Officer, effective July 22, 2013.  Ms. Donahue succeeds Joan Kenney, who will retire on July 12, 2013, after 25 years of service in the position.

The overall mission of the Public Information Office is to educate and assist the media and the public to understand the role and function of the Massachusetts courts.  The Public Information Officer is the media liaison and spokesperson for the Judicial Branch and advises various court officials on communications issues and strategies for dealing with complex issues.

"The Justices are pleased to welcome Jennifer Donahue, who brings to her new position an impressive background in strategic communications skills and experience.  The Justices are confident Ms. Donahue will continue the exceptional work of her predecessor Joan Kenney.  Ms. Kenney has served the Judiciary with remarkable distinction for many years and will be truly missed.   Her wise counsel, integrity, grace and composure have benefited all who have worked with her. We thank Joan for her many years of dedicated service to the Judiciary and wish her all the best in the years ahead," said Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland.

Ms. Donahue has covered national and New England politics for over twenty-four years as a journalist and communications professional. Most recently, Ms. Donahue was the Communications Director for the New England Clean Energy Council.  She began her career as an associate producer at C-SPAN, where Ms. Donahue covered the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Between 1992 and 1995, Ms. Donahue was Press Secretary to United States Senator Hank Brown of Colorado. From 1996 to 1999, she worked at CNN in Washington where she was a producer for Inside Politics and Burden of Proof.  During the 2000 presidential election campaign, she covered the race as a political reporter in New Hampshire and as an on-air analyst for MSNBC. From 2002 to 2009, Ms. Donahue served as Senior Advisor for Political Affairs and Director of Political Communication for the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

More recently, Ms. Donahue has taught courses in politics and government at Suffolk University, served as Expert in Residence teaching Women in Leadership for Gettysburg College, and as a Resident Fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics in the fall of 2008. Ms. Donahue is a graduate of Cornell University and resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.