Amy Rechner

Amy Rechner combines more than 15 years’ experience in the consumer and retail public relations field with a successful career as a writer. In addition to the feature articles and case histories written for her public relations clients, Amy has published two nonfiction books exploring the factual basis for selected children’s literature, as well as a children’s book targeting pre-school through kindergarten ages.

Amy’s specialties include all types of writing, media relations, event planning and execution, and issues management. She is a consultant and speaker on children’s literature and book promotion. Under the name Amy Dolnick, she published Between Deep Valley and the Great World: Maud Hart Lovelace in Minneapolis (1994) and Future in a Handbasket: The Life and Letters Behind Carney’s House Party (2002). Under the name Amy Rechner, she authored Out and About at the Aquarium (2004), part of a Capstone Press series, which is distributed exclusively to schools and libraries.

Amy’s most recent public relations position was with CKPR, the public relations division of advertising agency Cramer-Krasselt Company. At CKPR she worked for a variety of clients including ConAgra Foods, Mills Corporation shopping malls (Gurnee Mills) and Zenith Electronics. Prior to joining CKPR, Amy was manager of media relations for Loyola University Chicago, where her responsibilities included proactive media relations; message and image development for the university and senior administration; special event publicity and planning, and crisis communications. She has a strong background in consumer, education and business-to-business public relations, with experience on such diverse clients as Microsoft, Xerox Business Services, VisionTek, Gurnee Mills Mall/Mills Corporation, Andes Candies, Geo. A. Hormel Co., Morton’s of Chicago and Borders Book Shops.

She began her public relations career as director of Marketing and Advertising for Mid-America Festivals Corp., producers of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and A Victorian Christmas shows. A Victorian Christmas, which was held in a historic Minneapolis shopping mall, laid the foundation for her expertise in events and retail public relations, leading to marketing/PR management positions with upscale shopping centers and retailers in the Twin Cities.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Amy holds a bachelor of arts in speech-communication from the University of Minnesota. She lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and daughter.