Dan Edelman, 2010 Legacy Honoree

Dan Edelman, Legacy

Daniel J. Edelman is founder and chairman of Daniel J. Edelman, Inc., the parent company of Edelman and Zeno.  For more than half a century, he has been at the forefront of the public relations industry.

Edelman served on the first Illinois Lottery Control Board; was president of the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization; and was a member of the Chief Executives Organization.  He is a former board member of Save the Children Federation, served as chairman of the University of Chicago Library Board and was a board member of the Northwestern University Music School. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the Publicity Club of Chicago, the Arthur W. Page Society, and PR Seminar.  He is a former chairman of the Counselors Academy.

Edelman is the recipient of Columbia University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and John Jay Award.  He is the first winner of the Dean’s Award for Professional Achievement and Public Service from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  He was the Jewish United Fund of Chicago’s Communicator of the Year (1992) and voted PR Professional of the Year by readers of PR News (1993).  He received the Ball State University 1996 National Public Relations Achievement Award, the 1997 Top Gun Award from the Chicagoland PRSA, and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award from Inside PR magazine.   The Arthur Page Society inducted him into its Hall of Fame (1997).  He was selected for the Chicago Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement (1998).  He received PRSA’s 1999 Gold Anvil Award, the highest honor accorded by the Society, and the first-ever Outstanding Achievement Award (1999) presented in Beijing by the China International Public Relations Association “for bringing modern public relations practices to China.”

Edelman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia College and earned an M.S. degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


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