Mick Swasko

Senior Content Strategist

Mick Swasko, Senior Content Strategist

As a Walker Sands senior content strategist, Mick works closely with the agency’s enterprise software and professional service PR team to create compelling, timely and thoughtful content for a variety of audiences. With a background in both journalism and communications, Mick blends a reporter's brain with a PR pro’s savvy to understand and deliver bylined articles, blogs and reports that are newsworthy, insightful and on-brand.

Mick began his career spending seven years at tronc, reporting for both The Chicago Tribune as well as RedEye, the company’s millennial-focused commuter publication. During that time, he wrote hundreds of stories -- many of which appeared on the front pages of both publications -- on a variety of topics, including the Chicago startup scene. Mick cut his teeth in public relations and communications at The John G. Shedd Aquarium, where he was responsible for pitching digital-focused publications with stories of the animals that call the storied organization home and the incredible research it produces around the world. Mick’s full leap into the B2B tech space began at 1871, where he handled internal and external communications as well as content creation for the 150,000 square-foot non-profit tech incubator in The Merchandise Mart.

In 2017, Mick became the latest alumni of Illinois State University’s Daily Vidette to join Walker Sands’ Chicago office. Having worked closely with hundreds of young B2B tech companies looking to tell their stories to the world, he was impressed and hungry to join an entire team focused on the same.

Mick holds a journalism degree from Illinois State University, with a minor in political science.

Q&A with Mick Swasko

What is your favorite book of all time?

I know my writing background is supposed to demand a sophisticated, obscure-yet-classic answer here, but I can’t think of a series that sucked me in more than Margaret Atwood’s “MADDADDAM” trilogy.

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

The Hungry Brain in Roscoe Village. Close your eyes. Think of your high-school friend’s basement that is furnished with old leather couches, used kitchen tables and lit only with Christmas bulbs and candles. Add local art, live music and Jenga and you’ve got the Hungry Brain. Oh, there’s drinks, too.

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

Starbucks. I’d consequently save enough money to single-handedly stock the office with Garrett as a result.

One thing people in the world wouldn't know about you?

I danced in three consecutive seasons of “The Nutcracker,” both as a “party boy” in the opening act as well as a giant rat. I believe VHS tapes of this still exist.

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

Torre del Mar, Spain. I hold the self-proclaimed title of “El Rey de Jamon” (The King of Ham) in the Malaga province, and I’ve always vowed to return.

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