Claire Deneen

Senior Media Relations Specialist

Claire Deneen, Walker Sands

Claire is an experienced media relations specialist, working on accounts in the enterprise software and professional services space. Her focus is in working closely with clients’ thought leaders, developing compelling pitch angles, conducting targeted media outreach and securing consistent results for clients.

Claire has cultivated strong relationships with a mix of reporters, and her clients have been featured in media ranging from The New York Times to Fast Company and re/code.

Prior to joining Walker Sands, Claire worked with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, in their global public affairs and communications department. Claire graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in business and English.

Claire is our resident Bachelor and Bachelorette expert, and she has a knack for correctly predicting who will get the final rose. 


Q&A with Claire Deneen

What is your favorite book of all time?

It's a tie between Gone With the Wind and Pride and Prejudice.

What TV or movie character best exemplifies you and why?

Probably The Mindy Project's Mindy Lahiri. We both find a way to connect everything in life to pop-culture.

What is your favorite place in Chicago that isn't a typical tourist destination?

Twin Anchors is a Chicago institution. In fact, Frank Sinatra used to go there when he was in town. They have the best ribs!

Would you rather have the office stocked 24/7 with Starbucks coffee or Garrett's popcorn?

Garrett's popcorn, without a doubt.

The funniest thing to ever happen to you at Walker Sands was?

I actually got really confused by the building's elevators when I first came to interview. I didn't realize you had to enter the floor number before you got on, so I just followed a group of people into the first elevator that opened. Needless to say, I kind of panicked when I realized there were not buttons inside. Anyways, I had to get off on a different floor and get back into another elevator. Thankfully, I gave myself plenty of time to find the office!

One thing people wouldn't know about you is?

I'm an anglophile. Studying abroad in London was a dream come true for me.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you live?

The beach- at least during winter!

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