PITTSBURGH, PA (April 2, 2018) Mayor William Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety have named Chris Togneri as Public Information Officer, a role in which he will lead communications for the city's Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Animal Care and Control bureaus.
Togneri, of Troy Hill, will begin work on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
Togneri is an award-winning writer who has lately worked as a freelance journalist following positions at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Modesto Bee and the Slovak Spectator in Slovakia. He is a multiple winner of the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania's Golden Quill awards and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Keystone Press awards, and has received awards from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association and the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors.
He received a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004 and a Bachelor's degree in English from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, in 1997.
Togneri replaces former PIO Sonya Toler, who left the City to become Senior Director of Communications for Propel Schools. He will work in tandem with Assistant Public Information Officer Alicia George.