Director of Communications
After having worked in newsrooms for 25 years, Erik Lief comes to this New York-based organization to help craft and amplify its message to reporters in the world's media capital and across the country. He serves as ACSH's primary media representative, also charged with building and maintaining relationships with all news outlets, ranging from national TV networks and major newspapers to modest online magazines and blogs covering health-related issues.
Having held various editorial positions on nearly every media platform -- focusing on both national and local audiences -- Erik understands the news production process and how reporters operate. He's produced news and sports programs and reports for CNBC, CBS News, ESPN and WABC-TV (New York). The lifelong New Yorker also has bylines and video producing credits for work at the Associated Press, NBC Sports.com and News Corp's The Daily, the first-ever, original-content national digital newspaper made specifically for tablet technology.
As a senior producer and department chief at the AP, Erik led the wire service's national sports coverage for all video-related content on its Online Video Network, serving over 2,200 newspaper and TV websites. He was responsible for on-site news coverage at the Super Bowl, US Open (both golf and tennis) and the World Series. Erik holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Vassar College.