Eric Mower and Associates recently promoted Stephen W. Bell to director of public affairs in Western New York. Bell counsels clients on short- and long-term strategic communications planning, crisis management, policy matters, and public and media relations.
“Steve has successfully made the move from respected journalist to valued communications counselor,” said Robert J. Bellafiore, senior partner and director of EMA’s company-wide public affairs practice. “His judgment, counsel and media contacts are a critical western anchor to our public affairs practice and a major asset to our agency and our clients.”
Bell joined EMA two years ago as senior counselor and has been instrumental in building the agency’s already strong public affairs and crisis counseling practice in Western New York. In his new role, he will continue to provide counsel to an impressive roster of clients and continue to help build the agency’s crisis communication presence across all of its offices.
Bell’s clients include the Seneca Nation of Indians, the Buffalo Zoo, Erie County Medical Center, Damon & Morey, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, the Erie County IDA and National Fuel Gas Co. He is also a board member of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the Buffalo Urban League and the ECMC Lifeline Foundation.
Prior to joining EMA, Bell had a distinguished 30-year journalism career, serving as editorial page editor, managing editor, city editor and business editor at upstate’s largest newspaper, The Buffalo News. Previously, he spent five years with The Associated Press, as state editor in Albany and bureau chief in Buffalo. He began his journalism career at the Stamford Advocate (Conn.).
Bell earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in European History from the University at Albany. He lives in Snyder, N.Y. with his wife, Liz, and four children.