Who We Are

As a company we provide the best services we can for the client. It’s not a cliché; it is how we do business. It’s not about telling the client what they want to hear, it’s about telling them what they need to hear. That is why people retain our company for years as their consultants.

We have the media and political contacts, personal background and knowledge other firms cannot match. Our team has developed relationships with both national and local media outlets. Collectively, our team has decades of experience in many high-profile campaigns and projects.

We organize grass-roots projects and campaigns to fit the needs of the client. Our team members have worked on complex projects interfacing with local government officials, civic leaders, community groups, educational leaders, activists, clergy and the media.

Clear communication with our clients is critical to the success of any assignment our firm undertakes. Lines of communication must remain open at all times so team members can remain updated. Newsmakers is one company always accessible to our clients and the media, and your representatives will have unfettered access to any one of the team members.

In the arena of public relations, political campaigns and media relations, a word should be a bond.  The finest-crafted public relations strategy will fail if the messenger lacks credibility and trust. Newsmakers takes immense pride in the credibility it has amassed over decades of service to clients in Chicago, the State of Illinois and across the nation.

An Affiliate of Stryker-Munley Group

ROSEMARIA DIBENEDETTO

A lifelong Illinois resident, Rosemaria DiBenedetto has built her reputation on her political acumen and her unique ability to create press for clients.

The media exposure she gets has created publicity for clients on all levels of media—national, state and local.

Rosemaria is a high demand professional, advising political clients and public office holders on media presence and crisis management.

She is described by her clients as highly energetic, professional, reliable, focused and results oriented.

Rosemaria served as the Campaign Manager for the Illinois Vision 20/20. An initiative designed and sponsored by the largest education associations in Illinois.

Vision 20/20’s goal is to fulfill the promise of public education which is to guarantee every student equal access to a quality education.

She organized the Chicago and suburban media roll-out and has assisted with in downstate media outlets as well.

Since July 2010, Rosemaria has been a consultant in two capacities for Illinois American Water (IAW), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water. She serves as an external affairs consultant covering media requests and other projects for the entire Chicago Metro area.

For six years, she served as the full-time press secretary for the 31,000-member Chicago Teachers Union, the third largest teachers union in the nation. In her press secretary capacity, she advised the union president on all media-related and communication matters, responded to all media inquiries, set up press conferences, handled crisis communications and participated in various projects including event planning, polling, teleconferences and member surveys. With the appointment of Arne Duncan as U.S. Education Secretary, Rosemaria’s media contacts grew beyond Chicago and Illinois and included many national and even international media outlets.

Early in her career, she served as the director of community relations for Thornton Township, the largest township in Illinois. From 1994-1998, she supervised a staff of nine and was responsible for publicizing all township programs and services. As director, she generated a quarterly newsletter with a circulation of 70,000, prepared annual budgets, produced video programs for cable access and coordinated an annual legislative dinner. During her tenure, the township increased participation in programs, improved public awareness of services and greater visibility in the 17 township communities.

Rosemaria holds a Masters in Public and Social Administration from Brunel University near London, England and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago. She also completed coursework through a study abroad program at the Il Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri, Florence, Italy.

Rosemaria and her family reside in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.