Michael Palenchar

Associate Professor of Public Relations, Managing Director of the Risk, Health, & Crisis Communication Research Unit

Phone: 865-974-9082
E-mail: mpalench@utk.edu

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Michael Palenchar has more than two decades of professional experience working in corporate, nonprofit, and agency environments. He is a risk communication and issues management research consultant for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local government and nongovernmental agencies. For example, he has worked with the National Center for Food Protection and Defense on food safety issues and with the Department of Homeland Security on counter-IED risk communication.

Topics of expertise: Risk communication, crisis communication, issues management, community right-to-know, public relations, and using social media for risk and crisis communication