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Chancellor Walcott Announces the Appointment of Andrew Kirtzman as Senior Advisor for Communications and Public Affairs


Emmy Award Winning Journalist and Author to oversee Media Relations and Government Affairs

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today appointed Andrew Kirtzman to serve as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs. As Senior Advisor, Kirtzman will oversee the media and public affairs offices and manage communications for the Department of Education.  An award-winning journalist and author, Kirtzman brings years of experience reporting on New York City political and government issues, including education. Kirtzman will begin on March 18.

“Andrew has a long and distinguished career and will be critical member of my leadership team as we continue to raise standards and prepare students for college and careers,” said Chancellor Walcott. “Andrew will lead a talented team and we look forward to working together to communicate with parents, students and our school communities.”

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve the students and parents of New York City, and am extraordinarily excited to join Chancellor Walcott’s team at such a vital moment in the city’s history,” Kirtzman said.  “I am honored and excited to continue to build on the progress that has been made under the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott.”

Kirtzman’s distinguished media career spans both television and print journalism.  From 2003 to 2008, he was a political reporter for WCBS-TV and served as the award-winning host of Kirtzman and Co., a weekly Sunday morning television show. While at the station, he received two Emmys for political commentary and breaking news coverage.  Prior to that, Kirtzman co-anchored New York 1’s Inside City Hall, a nightly political show, for which he interviewed local and national public figures and reported on major issues and events around New York City and the country. Kirtzman also reported for the New York Daily News, Houston Post and Hudson Dispatch.  He is the author of two books, one on Bernard Madoff and the other on former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Kirtzman attended the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of New York University. He lives in Manhattan.