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Tonya Allen Joins AMI Public Affairs Team

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The American Meat Institute (AMI) announced today that Tonya R. Allen has joined the Institute as its new manager of public affairs and online editor.

In her new position, Allen will handle inquiries from trade press and general media, draft and update publications and oversee more than one dozen AMI and coalition Web sites.

Allen joins AMI with a strong background in political communication, having served for the past two years as the press secretary for Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV). In that capacity, she handled national and local media relations, wrote a weekly column distributed throughout West Virginia's Third Congressional District and managed the Congressman’s Web site and e-newsletter.

Allen previously worked as a copy editor for the Martinsburg Journal, a daily newspaper in West Virginia's eastern panhandle, and also served as the editor of Community Development Publications Housing Market Report in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Allen earned both her bachelor's degree in journalism and her master of fine arts degree in creative writing from West Virginia University in Morgantown. She was raised on a cattle ranch in West Virginia.

“We are pleased that Tonya can bring her significant writing and media relations skills to AMI,” said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle. “Her knowledge of agricultural issues through her own experience on a livestock operation and her time spent on Capitol Hill will be a real asset to our organization.”

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America . Headquartered in Washington, D.C. , the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry.

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