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Meet + Greet: Marissa McDaid, BSJ ’14, Associate Director of Communications

Meet the Russ College’s new crop of faculty and staff members in this series of interviews, and stop by their offices to greet them in person.
 | Jan 18, 2019

Meet + Greet: Marissa McDaid, BSJ ’14, Associate Director of Communications

Jan 18, 2019

Marissa McDaid has returned to Athens, Ohio, to serve her alma mater. We bet she’ll tell some good stories along the way.

Where are you from, and what brought you to Athens?

I grew up in Wooster, Ohio, and moved to Athens the first time to attend the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism here at Ohio University. After graduating, I moved to Cleveland to work at a marketing agency before becoming a public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation. I returned to Athens at the end of 2018.

Where did you prepare for your profession, and what was most memorable about your experience?

While at OHIO, I was on the executive board of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and was involved with the student-run public relations firm ImPRessions. I was also a Scripps student ambassador, giving tours to prospective students. I met my first boss at the Public Relations Society of America Cleveland Student Day my senior year. I later helped found the Cleveland chapter of Women in Digital, which connects women for collaboration and career development.

Was there a moment or time you knew you'd become a communicator?

Growing up, teachers or family members would tell me I was a strong writer. Translating the knowledge and accomplishments of others into lay terms is such a joy.

What would you say is your professional superpower?

Research and problem solving have always come very naturally to me. If there’s a more efficient or effective way to communicate with an audience, I’m going to want to learn how.

What's the most fun/weird/zany/cool/exciting/awesome thing about Athens so far? 

How such a diverse population can embrace a rural area in southeast Ohio as home. When I gave tours as an undergrad, some visitors would worry how they’d survive without a mall or other big-city amenities. Most people end up finding Athens very welcoming and look forward to returning.

What’s the best local food you’ve had or local spot you've visited, and why?

Donkey has been a favorite of mine since I was a student because of how cozy and welcoming it is, not to mention their drinks are delicious.

What are some of your hobbies?

If I’m not brainstorming a project around my house, I could probably watch DIY Network or HGTV for days.

Name a top book and say why.

I love Amy Poehler’s memoir Yes Please. Her book gives plenty of of wisdom. One of my favorite sentiments from her book is the concept of “good for you, not for me” in regards to finding contentment in others enjoying different things than you in life.