Mark Ragan

Mark Ragan

CEO Ragan Communications, Publisher PR Daily,, Health Care

Greater Chicago Area

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Mark Ragan's Overview

  • City Hall reporter at The Billings Gazette
  • Reporter at The Anderson Independent and Daily Mail
  • General Assignment Reporter at The Williston Daily Herald

500+ connections


Mark Ragan's Summary

Most of my experience is either as a reporter or as a marketer.

After 18 years running Ragan Communications, I still am not very good reading a balance sheet.

That will come as no surprise to the accountants who work for me.

But I do feel I have a knack for marketing and reporting. The latter has come in handy with the launch of, the first daily news service for corporate communicators.

Specialties: social media, writing and editing, speaking, marketing

Mark Ragan's Experience

19922013 (21 years)

Political reporter

Copley Newspapers

19861992 (6 years)

Political Reporter

The San Diego Union-Tribune

January 1986January 1988 (2 years 1 month)

City Hall reporter

The Billings Gazette

October 1981October 1983 (2 years 1 month)


The Anderson Independent and Daily Mail

December 1979October 1981 (1 year 11 months)

General Assignment Reporter

The Williston Daily Herald

January 1979December 1979 (1 year) Williston, ND

Mark Ragan's Publications


    • Chicago
    • January 1, 2007
    Authors: Mark Ragan is the #1 news site in the world for internal communicators and corporate communication professionals. It emerged from a publication called The Ragan Report, which my father launched in 1968. This well-known industry site is visited by 350,000 people from around the world.


    • Chicago
    • March 1, 2007
    Authors: Mark Ragan

    According to Alexa, is now the top-read industry news site, attracting 1.2 million monthly readers each month. Our visitors hail from every continent, with the largest concentration in New York, London, Chicago, Melbourne, Toronto and other major urban areas.

  • Healthcare

    • Chicago
    • January 1, 2010
    Authors: Mark Ragan

    If you google the search term, 'healthcare communication', the #1 search result is for our daily news site. We cover the waterfront for healthcare communicators: social media, internal communications, marketing, media relations, video communication...just about everything.


    • January 1980
    Authors: Mark Ragan

    Management newsletters that help small business owners save time and money. This publishing group includes the famous, pocket-sized inspirational booklet, "Bits and Pieces."

Mark Ragan's Projects

  • The best online training platform in PR/Corporate Communications

    • January 2011 to Present
    Team Members: Mark Ragan

    The only distance-learning platform in the world for corporate communicators that contains HD-quality videos, interactive courses and archived webinars. It covers 11 topic areas, is updated monthly and contains more than 200 hours of instruction.

  • Developed, designed and produced the first daily brand journalism site in the hospital industry.

    • September 2012 to February 2013
    Team Members: Mark Ragan

    Daily news site published by a hospital that delivers health care news to thousands of patients, employees and prospective patients. The project grew out of my strong belief that brands should think of themselves as media outlets.

  • NASDAQ Social Media Interview Series

    • January 2010 to Present
    Team Members: Mark Ragan

    This series has produced more than 100 videos with leaders in the media, PR pros and corporate communication executives. The interviews have been viewed tens of thousands of time. The series is in collaboration with NASDAQ/OMX and is shot at their Times Square studios.

  • Social media Bootcamp

    • January 2008 to Present
    Team Members: Mark Ragan

    Launched this workshop on social media and organizational communications and PR. It's been attended by about 2,000 people over the past five years. I still teach it occasionally.

  • Ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ

    • June 2009 to Present
    Team Members: Mark Ragan

Mark Ragan's Skills & Expertise

  1. Internal Communications
  2. Project Management
  3. Media Relations
  4. Social Media Marketing
  5. Corporate Communications
  6. Social Media
  7. Marketing Communications
  8. Editing
  9. Public Speaking
  10. PowerPoint
  11. Community Sites
  12. Storytelling
  13. Creative Writing
  14. Content Management
  15. Social Media Consulting
  16. Press Releases
  17. Web Content Management
  18. Marketing
  19. Speech Writing
  20. Public Relations
  21. Digital Media
  22. Writing
  23. Email Marketing
  24. Integrated Marketing
  25. Web Content
  26. Crisis Communications
  27. Strategic Communications
  28. Newsletters
  29. Copywriting

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Mark Ragan's Education

DePaul University


DePaul University


Mark Ragan's Additional Information


Publishing, social media, marketing and PR, internal communications, media relations On the personal side, I am interested in theater, classical music, mountain climbing, classical guitar and ballet. I also love to swing dance.

Groups and Associations:

SIPA; IABC; PRSA; the MyRagan social network, which is like an association;

Honors and Awards:

So many that I can't even begin to name them. Not enough space or time.

Just kidding, of course. I won several investigative reporting awards when I was a reporter.

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