As an on-air anchor, reporter and cameraman, Francis brings a quarter century of television news experience to FRMediaTrain. Crisscrossing the country while working for several different affiliates in seven distinct markets he has covered countless newsworthy events that required a “Jack of all Trades” skill set and mentality — from crime, natural disasters and politics to high school athletics, US Opens and Super Bowls.
Interacting with some of the most successful athletes and organizations in sports, Francis saw first-hand how access to information was policed and how players and coaches were counseled to *CONTROL THE MESSAGE*. In his experience, none do communications and messaging on a daily basis better than an NFL franchise. They use many of the same techniques you will learn in our Brand Media Training seminars.
Those insights combined with his years as an on-air talent give Francis an unmatched edge when teaching anyone, no matter how reluctant or nervous, the art of being comfortable and effective in front of the media.
Francis is a seven time Emmy nominee and Wisconsin Broadcaster of the Year award winner. He began his career in 1993 in Portland, ME editing video and producing newscasts and documentary programs. During the late 90’s he worked at stations in North Carolina and Virginia, including a stop with the legendary George Michael Sports Machine. During that stretch Francis put his video journalism and interview skills to use in nearly every newsworthy arena. Perfecting the ability to inform the public while working under extreme deadline pressure propelled him to the next career milestones.
Francis spent the majority of his on-air career in Milwaukee and then Seattle where he covered numerous national headline grabbing events. Some of those included The Major League Baseball, NBA and Major League Soccer playoffs, U.S. Open and PGA Championship golf and a decade of NFL seasons culminating with two consecutive Super Bowl runs by the Seattle Seahawks.
In addition to the day to day operations of FRMediaTrain he currently freelances as a network anchor for the PAC 12 conference, based in San Francisco.
John Friess brings an extensive, 360-degree communications and messaging skill set to his role at FRMediaTrain. Currently, he serves as a regional corporate communications manager for a large federal government agency. He is responsible for the development and execution of internal and external communications strategies covering 19 states and serving more than 100,000 employees and 50 million customers.
This follows an award-winning 15 year career in television news, both as an on-air journalist and newsroom manager in some of the largest media markets in the country. Interviewing numerous spokespeople and executives throughout those years in television news convinced Friess there was a great need for executive media training services.
Friess has successfully coached hundreds of professionals to deliver high-impact presentations, on-camera interviews and tough Q & A discussions across various industry including; financial services, non-profit, and federal agencies. Developing their leadership presence through artful, strategic communications and messaging was paramount to their business success. His expertise, keen analytical skills and sensitive approach have helped countless professionals develop and deliver compelling, persuasive messages that effectively resonated with their audiences.
Friess also has experience working as an account supervisor, handling public relations responsibilities for South Carolina’s largest advertising agency. Prior to that John held on-air and management roles in nine different media markets including Charlotte, NC, Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD Cleveland, OH, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.