In my previous life as a journalist, I traveled through Africa with Jimmy Carter — and JT staffers, who handled the logistics for the trip. I remember watching JT in action and thinking, “they look like they’re having fun.” Little did I realize that years later I would join the firm. A very happy outcome.
After nearly 20 years as a journalist, Colleen Mastony brings a sophisticated understanding of today’s rapidly changing media marketplace. She understands how newsrooms work, how reporters think and the power of a story well told.
At Jasculca Terman, she helps our clients tell their unique stories in more effective ways.
An admitted news junkie, Colleen thrives in fluid and fast-moving situations that require a deep understanding of policy issues and a nimble communications strategy. In a crisis, she knows how to anticipate reporters’ questions, because she has asked those questions herself.
Her deft research, writing and communications skills have proved invaluable in honing messages, preparing executives for interviews, drafting talking points and successfully pitching reporters. Since joining JT in February of 2016, she has worked with elected officials, government agencies and nonprofit clients.
Colleen’s role at JT is informed by the 13 years she spent as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, where she handled assignments for nearly every news desk, including metro, features, foreign and national. Prior to the Tribune, she worked at the Palm Beach Post in Florida and at Forbes magazine in New York City.
She has reported from Europe, Africa and the Arctic Circle, and her work has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize.