Eleanor Spektor McManus, Co-Founder and Partner
Previously, Eleanor was senior vice president at LEVICK in Washington, D.C., crafting strategic communications campaigns focusing on media relations and crisis communications. Eleanor came to LEVICK through the acquisition of the bipartisan public affairs firm Purple Nation Solutions, which she co-founded with former White House special counsel Lanny Davis and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
Eleanor provides clients with strategic counsel for internal and external communications, crisis management, and litigation communications, working in coordination with attorneys to develop communication strategies in support of litigation. Working alongside Lanny Davis for many years, she worked with corporations and individuals on crisis management, issue mitigation, branding, strategic communications, and media placement.
She has counseled a variety of clients from a private equity firm, national restaurant chain, a national hotel chain, a biotechnology company, PGA golfer, an African country, and a state attorney general. She has also worked with a number of companies developing communications strategies around government settlements.
Eleanor has a proven track record of defining and driving communications and media strategy, securing media stories in print, radio and broadcast outlets such as: The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Hill, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, etc.
She is also a sought-after media trainer for high-level executives and on-air personalities, preparing CEOs and others for public appearances, speeches, and live interviews.
Eleanor began her career as a producer at CNN. With over a decade of experience as senior producer of CNN’s highest rated program Larry King Live, Eleanor was responsible for producing exclusive interviews with the most iconic newsmakers and well-known political figures of our time including Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Ford, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, every Presidential candidate in both 2004 and 2008, including foreign leaders Russian Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Queens Noor and Rania of Jordan.
At CNN, Eleanor worked a number of historical events including the September 11th attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the passing of Presidents Ford and Reagan, the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Eleanor is a recipient of 2001 Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for September 11th coverage, a 2005 DuPont award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in South Asia, a 2005 and 2008 Peabody Award for CNN coverage of Hurricane Katrina and outstanding political coverage of the U.S. Presidential campaign, and a 2010 Peabody for coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill.
Eleanor is fluent in Russian and Spanish.
She graduated Brandeis University and received a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs at American University.