CFI Hires New Communications Director

January 12, 2011

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is pleased to announce that Michelle Blackley has joined CFI as the organization’s Communications Director. “Michelle’s presence will be a strong addition to our public relations efforts and relationship with the press. She brings practical knowledge and passion for the service of humanity, along with a vast experience of working with the media,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, president & CEO.

Michelle Blackley is a native Western New Yorker and has a Master of Arts from New York University in Speech and Interpersonal Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Human Communication from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. After a decade of working in publicity for the book publishing industry in New York City and western Massachusetts, she returned to her hometown to develop her own public relations firm. A former journalist, she received a Best News Story award for her coverage of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in the Washington Square News and interviewed former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Blackley is also an adjunct instructor of communication at Buffalo State College, and her essay “Part-time Teaching Is a Full-time Job” was published in My First Year in the Classroom (Adams Media).

In the Western New York community, Blackley is active with the Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce and volunteers as a grant writer with the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation. A self-proclaimed foodie, she also bakes for Hospice Buffalo and writes about the local food movement in Western New York for Edible Buffalo and the blog CityGirlCountry.

Blackley has also appeared on YNN and lectured to Academic Authors of America.

The Center for Inquiry, a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization based in Amherst, New York, is also home to the Council for Secular Humanism and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.