About the Author: Crystal Canney
With more than 30 years in the communications arena, Crystal is a recognized leader in public relations, media, and campaign strategy. A winner of national awards, Crystal was a broadcast journalist for more than two decades. She understands how to get to the heart of an issue and how to communicate it to a mass audience. Crystal followed her successful television news career with leadership posts in State and Federal government. First as Communications Director to two-term Maine Governor and former Congressman John Baldacci, for whom she also served as Communications Director during his re-election campaign. Then as Associate Commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services, where she led consolidation initiatives and oversaw multi-million dollar budgets. In 2009, Crystal established Canney Communications, a public relations firm specializing in campaigns and elections, industry organizations, and public private partnerships. Representing interests from across the country, Canney Communications became a leader in grassroots and campaign strategy. In 2012, Crystal was recruited to oversee communications for the victorious Angus King for Senate campaign—the first Senate victory by an Independent candidate in Maine history. Crystal continued on as a trusted advisor to Senator King by joining his staff in Washington, DC as Communications Director. Senator King’s work on both the Intelligence and Armed Services Committees have required Crystal’s immersion in myriad international affairs, including the Middle East, where she represented Senator King on a fact-finding trip to refugee camps in Jordan. In 2014, she merged Canney Communications LLC with Knight Vision International, LLC to form The Knight Canney Group. A consummate, experienced communicator, Crystal Canney is a strong and motivating force of good for all her clients.