Daniel J. Edelman: The Independent Institute

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Daniel J. Edelman
Daniel J. Edelman

A pioneer of public relations in the United States, Daniel J. Edelman (1920–2013) was Founder and Chairman of Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. He graduated from Columbia College and earned an M.S. degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

He began his career as a reporter in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., before he was drafted during World War II, receiving four battle stars and the Commendation Medal. He later became a news writer for CBS and served as PR director for the Toni Company before founding his own firm.

Mr. Edelman received a Gold Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the first-ever Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the China International Public Relations Association, the Lion of Finland, the PRSA Lifetime Achievement Award and the PR Seminar Group Award for Distinguished Service. He was also a member of the Arthur Page Society and The Seminar, and he was a PRSA Fellow.