About Us

Claire McKinney PR, LLC is a full service public relations firm that creates and executes individualized campaigns for our clients. With twenty years of experience as a publicist and executive, Claire McKinney leads a team that gets results.  We find the right media outlets, speaking and event venues, and branding and messaging.  We believe that each project or person needs to be evaluated exclusively for what it/he/she can bring to the conversation.

Our mission

Provide the best level of service in the industry to raise awareness about important issues, ideas, products, and technologies that will educate and improve all of our lives.

Claire McKinney

Claire McKinney has been working in public relations for over 20 years. She has appeared on the Today show and CSPAN as an expert on publishing and she travels regularly to speak to authors and audiences about PR and social media marketing.  Authors she has worked with include Della Reese, Toni Morrison, Madeleine Albright, Walter Mosley, Robert Dallek, Rick Moody, George Pelecanos, Plum Sykes, Noam Chomski, Richard North Patterson, and Kristin Gore.

If you are interested in booking Claire for a speaking engagement, workshop, or panel on publicity and branding, please contact her.

Larissa Ackerman (Publicist) represents traditional and indie authors with unique stories to share. Some of her clients have included Gretchen Archer, Susan M. Boyer, Kym Gold, Merle Bombardieri, and Richard Van Anderson. Examples of her recent media bookings are Buzzfeed, VanityFair.com, Time.com, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), USA Today, and The Daily Mail. Larissa has a degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson University.  She reads incessantly and can’t walk into a book store without buying a bag of books!


“Claire McKinney PR  did a superb job of publicizing my book, The Baby Decision.  Their services were worth every penny. I am confident that my book sales would not be at the level they are if not for their work.”                                                                                                                                     —Merle Bombardieri, LSW, MICSW, author of The Baby Decision: How to Make the Most Important Decision of Your Life

“I absolutely love working with Claire McKinney PR. They don’t miss a trick, and they don’t let me miss one. Thank you, Claire.”
—Gretchen Archer, author of the Davis Way Crime Caper series

“A book is merely a bunch of words and pages unless it touches and transforms the lives of its readers. Thanks to Claire and her wonderful team in helping me reach readers around the world. Together, we will change lives. Perhaps even save lives.”
—Gayathri Ramprasad, author of Shadows in the Sun

“With Claire, I trust that she and her team not only understand and employ strategy around the campaigns for our products, but that they are persistent in getting the word out about our books and authors.”
—Alison Vandenberg, Director of Marketing, Consumer Business Director, Hazelden Publishing

“Claire McKinney and her team have brought creativity and enthusiasm to the world of health insurance consulting! They have raised the profile of my company, and myself as CEO, to a much higher level in the media world and in my industry.”
—Scott Hafetz, CEO Hafetz & Associates

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