Michelle Mekky, CEO & Founder
Michelle Mekky is a veteran, award-winning broadcast journalist and public relations executive who has led high-profile marketing and PR campaigns for some of the nation’s biggest and most innovative brands and businesses. She is founder and president of Mekky Media Relations, Inc., a boutique PR agency that has been widely recognized for its tremendous growth and success in its first four years. The agency has strategically partnered with many leaders in their industries, helping them tell their stories to new audiences to fuel their growth.
Michelle got her start in television news, spending over a decade as a senior producer and news writer for Fox-TV in Chicago. She also worked as a news writer at NBC and reported for WISC-TV in Madison, Wi., while finalizing her Master’s program in Washington, D.C. After her years in journalism, Michelle transitioned into PR and marketing, working at top agencies in Chicago and using her insider media knowledge and widespread connections to achieve success and top-tier coverage for clients ranging from startups to global powerhouses. She launched Mekky Media in 2016, to bring her own brand of PR to the market and deliver powerful publicity, with an emphasis on personal attention and creative storytelling. With the impressive early results that Mekky Media delivered, the client roster quickly grew, and a diverse range of organizations started signing on to work with the agency.
Mekky Media provides PR strategy, media relations, media training, event promotion, social media strategy and influencer outreach. The long list of clients has included Abt Electronics, Francesca's Restaurant Group, Edie’s All Day Café & Bar, The Art of Plastic Surgery, Wealth Management Group, PN Medical, TCS Education System, Three60Fit, BKS Custom Clothiers and West Edge Design in California, to name a few. Mekky Media also has been proud to partner with many top Chicago-area and national nonprofits, including Susan G. Komen Chicago, Chicago Lights, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Devices 4 the Disabled, the Center for Enriched Living, Because Love, Holiday Heroes, IES Abroad, Chicago Scholars, the Muslim American Leadership Alliance and Triage Cancer, which Michelle also serves as a board member. In addition, Mekky Media serves the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, and Michelle, a cancer survivor, has been a spokesperson for the organization.
Michelle has led her company through a fast-paced launch that has included achieving millions of media impressions in print, broadcast and online Chicago-area and national outlets. The agency has been widely recognized for these results, including these 2020 honors: a PR News Top 100 Agency Elite Award, a Bronze Stevie Award for Public Relations Agency of the Year in the American Business Awards, an Expertise PR Best Firms in Chicago ranking, a National Bulldog PR Award for Best Not-for-Profit Campaign (Komen Chicago Race for the Cure and Anthony Rizzo partnership) and two Publicity Club of Chicago Silver Trumpet Awards for Business to Consumer (Joe’s Imports opening) and Non-Profit (Komen Chicago Race for the Cure). The agency also received two 2019 Publicity Club of Chicago Golden Trumpet Awards, and Michelle was recognized as a 2020 PRNews Top Women in PR Honoree, she won 2018 Stevie Award for Women in Business, a bronze medal in the Entrepreneur of the Year category. She was named a 2019 Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Entrepreneur.
Mekky Media is based in Chicago’s Wrigley Building, and Michelle has grown the team to more than 10 PR professionals who come from top firms and leading media outlets. Michelle and Mekky Media are proud to be part of the International Public Relations Network (IPRN), which shares knowledge and expertise among leading agencies in more than 40 countries, and the Forbes Agency Council, an esteemed organization for owners and executives of PR, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies. Michelle and the agency have received a Women’s Business Enterprise Certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Michelle is a graduate of Northwestern University, achieving her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the renowned Medill School of Journalism. She recently launched Mekky Media’s first Masterclass, a transformative workshop that provides professionals with skills and tools to become dynamic public speakers, network with confidence and conduct powerful media interviews. Michelle blogs about leadership lessons and PR for Forbes and is a motivational speaker, talking to groups about her journey, entrepreneurship, media training and public speaking.