About usAs award-winning political and investigative reporters, Chip Scutari and Dave Cieslak were in the trenches.
They know what journalists want. They capture the media’s attention with concise, compelling language – not over-bloated drivel.
With offices in Phoenix, Tucson and San Diego, the Scutari and Cieslak team excels in everything from crisis communications to media relations and communications coaching (a fancy term for media training).
Chip and Dave have been lauded by clients for their candid, constructive honesty. They don’t tell you what you want to hear. They tell you what you need to hear.
Our other specialties include:
You want Yes Men?
Go to another one of those national cookie-cutter agencies with people who wear nice suits but have never gotten their hands dirty. Chip and Dave have the experience, knowledge, savvy and street smarts to handle any PR situation. It just so happens they’re sharp dressers, too.
Why Choose Us ?
Chip Scutari is co-founder of Scutari and Cieslak Public Relations and managing partner of the firm’s Phoenix office.
Chip brings an authentic knowledge of politics and public policy, using his reporter’s instinct and nose for a good story to the worlds of public relations, crisis communications and media coaching. For 15 years – including several years covering the Arizona state Capitol – he worked on the journalistic frontlines covering Arizona’s most powerful politicians and influential business leaders.
National news outlets, like Fox News Channel, MSNBC, National Public Radio and The New York Times, frequently call Chip for his take on the news because of his strong connections to all sides of the political spectrum. He’s also been a guest blogger for The Arizona Republic’s election coverage.
In 2006, Chip joined a downtown Phoenix advertising agency in a hybrid role of public relations and business development, helping recruit an array of new clients to the firm. His journalism experience, combined with a web of connections and understanding of the intersection between policy, politics and business helps position clients in a wide range of environments.
Chip moderates a variety of business panel discussions and debates for companies and non-profit groups, such as the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. He has a B.A. from Providence College in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University. In 2012, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer appointed Chip to serve on the state’s Lottery Commission, touting his marketing and public relations expertise.
Dave Cieslak is co-founder of Scutari and Cieslak Public Relations and managing partner of the firm’s San Diego office.
During his award-winning journalism career, Dave was a reporter for The Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix, where he covered high-profile beats including crime and education. He made the jump into public relations in 2005 as the head of communications for the City of Scottsdale Fire Department. He then joined a marketing firm as a senior public relations manager, overseeing national clients including TASER International and the World Wildlife Fund.
In 2008, Dave was honored to serve as a state communications director for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. The position put him on a first-name basis with key political and business leaders across the country.
In 2012, Dave was elected to the Ocean Beach Town Council in San Diego and serves as its public relations chair. He is a voting member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Committee and sat on the Chamber’s Legislative and Small Business Committee.
Dave has provided public relations and political analysis for The New York Times, Politico, and Newsweek. He has also appeared as a spokesperson and analyst on MSNBC, Fox News Channel and Dateline NBC.
He has served as a guest lecturer at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University and has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Arizona.
“This just might be the Arizona equivalent of Carville and Matalin without the nuptials.”
- Len Gutman, Public Relations Executive