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Ridgefield Man Joins November Team As New Managing Director

Jerry McKinstry was recently named managing director of The November Team.
Jerry McKinstry was recently named managing director of The November Team. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The November Team, a leading New York political and corporate communications firm, has named Jerry McKinstry, of Ridgefield, its new managing director.

McKinstry, a seasoned communications executive and a former Newsday columnist and editorial board member, will oversee TNT's corporate communications unit and buttress the firm's rapidly expanding political communications operation.

"Jerry McKinstry is a No. 1 draft pick -- as a strategist, writer, and client manager -- and The November Team couldn't be more excited to welcome him aboard," said TNT co-founder Bill O'Reilly. "As a former journalist and editorial board member, Jerry will offer November's clients extraordinary insights into the news media and a deep intellectual maturity to help them develop winning press strategies."

TNT partner and co-founder Jessica Proud was also enthusiastic about Ministry's appointment as managing director.

"We first came to know and respect Jerry as a tough and even-handed journalist, and later as a friend and PR colleague," said Proud. "Jerry is smart, honest, fearless and hard-working, and that's exactly what we were looking for in a managing director. The November Team is a growing firm, and we have every confidence that Jerry is the right professional to manage that growth."

McKinstry, a Yonkers native who now lives in Ridgefield, most recently was a senior account executive at Thompson & Bender, a leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency based in Briarcliff Manor, where he was responsible for a wide array of corporate, government, real estate, not-for-profit and education clients.

Before working in public relations, McKinstry was a columnist and editorial board member for Newsday, where he was responsible for coverage areas, including New York State politics and policy issues pertaining to the northern suburbs of New York City and the Hudson Valley.

Before Newsday, McKinstry was an investigative reporter and political correspondent for The Journal News/LoHud.com where he covered county government, state affairs and politics.

While at Gannett, McKinstry was for 10 years an adjunct professor at Iona College, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in journalism, editing and media history.

He received a bachelor of arts in political science and economics from Manhattan College and a master's degree in Print and Online Journalism from Iona College.

At The November Team, McKinstry will be working with existing clients, which include candidates for office, issues campaigns, crisis communications and corporate media training, while also being tasked with growing the firm's corporate clientele in the Tri-State area.

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