Hutchinson Center President and Director Dr. Larry Corey has named media executive Jennifer Sizemore the Center's new vice president of Communications. Sizemore, who served as vice president/general manager and editor-in-chief of NBC News Digital (formerly msnbc.com), will oversee all of Fred Hutch's external and internal communications, media relations, community relations, marketing, branding and government relations. Her focus will be to elevate the Hutch's breakthrough research regionally and nationally.
"There's never been a more important time to tell the story of Fred Hutch's incredible lifesaving research and discoveries, and Jennifer has the passion and vision to ensure our communications match the high caliber of our science," said Corey, who selected Sizemore following a nationwide search.
"Jennifer is energetic, down-to-earth and straightforward, and she understands the importance of translating our world-class science to the world, connecting to key audiences, and leading a highly effective team," Corey said.
In a news release Corey praised Sizemore for achievements in marketing and messaging that helped raise the visibility of msnbc.com, her strong journalism foundation, her experience with research and data to inform strategy, her ability to build relationships with internal groups and key external stakeholders, and her leadership in building strong teams.
After numerous senior editorial positions, including as deputy managing editor of news at the Houston Chronicle and assistant managing editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Sizemore moved to a digital and national platform with msnbc.com.
At msnbc.com Sizemore oversaw editorial content and strategy, product development, brand management and financial management of the company's two flagship brands. She managed a team of 120, including managing editors and those responsible for business strategy, multimedia platforms and content. She led a team that worked to connect with target audiences through digital communications and integrated research to inform the product and gain greater understanding of key issues.
"Taking on this role at Fred Hutch is the ideal next step in my career," Sizemore said. "It gives me an unparalleled opportunity to use my experience and skills to inspire and effect change for the greater good. I am excited to draw on my journalism expertise to help the Hutch tell its amazing stories effectively, and connect the organization and its groundbreaking work to the world.
"In my next role I wanted to work for an organization with a mission that was truly changing the world, and the Hutch's work to prevent—and end—cancer is something I'm incredibly passionate about," she said.
She has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Washington, a master's in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a master's in business administration from the University of Washington.
Sizemore, who will begin her new role April 17, replaces Linda Gainer, who retired as vice president of Communications (formerly External Affairs and Communications) last fall.