Career Spotlight: Tim Gay (C'76)

Tim Gay (C'76)

Senior Vice President, DutkoGrayling

Describe your current position and what led you to your job:

I've been in the public affairs community since leaving the job of Sen. Jay Rockefeller's press secretary in 1990, at the end of his first term. This is my second stint with Dutko; earlier I worked for Ogilvy Public Relations and helped found Powell Tate. I began writing books in 2005 and will publish my 4th book in September 2013.

What has been the most rewarding moment in your career?

The publication of Assignment to Hell, my book about World War II correspondents, in 2012. It has been nominated for a Pulitzer, a Bancroft and an American Book Award. It's also being explored as a possible film or miniseries in Hollywood. The book led directly to my next World War II project, Savage Will, which will be out in late summer.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Believe in yourself. And never tell yourself you can't do something.

What would you recommend to someone interested in working in your field?

Work hard, network and sharpen your writing skills.

What challenges have you faced and how did you successfully manage one situation?

The hardest challenge was to convince the New York publishing world that I could move from baseball history to "serious" history. It took a while, but it was worth the effort.

What skills are necessary or what prepared you the most for your career?

Dealing with crises and writing on brutal deadlines.

What professional associations have aided in your professional development?

The U.S. Senate press secretary's network and the Powell Tate alumni network.

If you could have another career what would it be?

A baseball beat writer and rock critic.

How did your time at Georgetown University influence you and your career path?

Fueled my passion for writing, politics and history.