Ed Ford, owner and operator of Ford Public Relations in Richmond, is a retired Berea College public relations director who has an extensive publications and public relations background, plus media experience as a reporter and editor with weekly and daily newspapers. A University of Kentucky journalism graduate, Ford did graduate work in public relations at Kent State University and, in addition to operating his own public relations firm, has served as a staff writer for The Lane Report business magazine.
An award-winning corporate editor and public relations specialist with Ford Motor and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Companies, Ford has edited newsletters, newspapers and magazines in addition to producing brochures, booklets and other promotion pieces for public relations campaigns and fund-raising programs. He is the author of The Draw, a historical fiction book based on the Civil War Battle of Richmond, Ky., and Silent Witness, a pamphlet and play about the Surrender at Appomattox.
He also has written and produced radio and television advertising and scripted and produced film and video promos and documentaries. He has placed stories with major newspapers such as The New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Los Angeles Times. Magazine placements include The Smithsonian, Southern Living and U.S. News & World Report. Television news and feature coverage was obtained with ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN networks in addition to a number of cable systems.
While public relations director at Berea College, Ford coordinated print and electronic media story placements that reached a potential audience of 52.8 million people during the 1993-94 fiscal year.
An early member of the Battle of Richmond Association, the Berea native is past president and a director of that organization. He also is a member of the Richmond and Berea Chambers of Commerce and the Society of Professional Journalists.