About

Dave Baum

Dave Baum’s concisive understanding of people, what they say and how they say it has formed the foundation of his extensive electronic and print media career that includes interviewing, reporting and storytelling to Chicago and global audiences for more than four decades.

A  journalism graduate of the University of Illinois, Baum has extensive experience as a political reporter and talk show host on radio and TV. His “beats” have included the Chicago City Council, Illinois General Assembly and presidential campaigns from Johnson-Goldwater in 1964 to Bush-Clinton in 1992. His top-rated talk shows have been heard on Chicago’s WBBM and WIND, KMOX-St. Louis as well as WMAQ-TV(NBC) and WFLD-TV, Chicago. He has also reported and written for United Press International and City News Bureau of Chicago.

In 1973, Baum became a media consultant to the initial J. Walter Thompson “Communispond” media training program during the U.S. oil embargo. The media training was thought to be the first of its kind in presenting media spokesperson and crisis communications hands-on interviewing skills for corporate executives.

In 1991, he founded The Dave Baum Media Training Group in Chicago providing his clients with a menu including Media Spokesperson Training, Crisis Communications, Issues-Strategy, Presentation Skills Enhancement and 1:1 Executive Communications coaching. He is also an adjunct Professor of Corporate Education at the Lake Forest (IL) Graduate School of Management.

His skill at asking questions and digging into stories have led to numerous awards including a prestigious Peter Lisagor Award in Chicago.

Anne Gallagher

A journalist, lawyer, marketer and actress, Anne Gallagher has worked with The Dave Baum Media Training Group since its inception, sharing insights in doing business with the media, effective presentation skills and in crisis and issues management.

During her career, she has written for and about lawyers and the legal profession in publications such as Legal Week and The Lawyer, been heard as a narrator and in commercials as a voice over talent (www.annegallagher.com), worked the camera as an actress in industrials, commercials and films, provided strategic marketing advice and services to corporations and professional services firms and helped hundreds of professionals polish their presentation and media skills. Anne continues to freelance the odd feature article for a variety of publications.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Schools of Journalism and Law, she began her career in Chicago in 1988 after working as a health care journalist for the University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, Wisconsin. For many years previously, she provided daily stock market reports on air for WBAY-AM in Green Bay while working with her father’s stock brokerage firm.

A life-long Green Bay Packers stock holder and season ticket holder, she serves as a Trustee for The Stark Foundation, a charitable organization providing funds for worthy causes.

Jaime Baum-Harris

Jaime Baum-Harris is a journalist and public relations professional who provides Media Spokesperson Training and Issues Analysis expertise to The Dave Baum Media Training Group.

A graduate of Indiana University, Ms Harris has worked with several of Chicago’s leading public relations agencies including Golin-Harris. Hill and Knowlton and The Dilenschneider Group.

She has also written business and feature stories for Chicago’s Pioneer Press as well as contributing to Sully’s Living Without magazine. Her magazine articles combine a human interest element with fact-based research and expert interviews about health-related issues. She has initiated and implemented corporate, financial and media relations/training programs for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

George Miga

George Miga is a veteran newspaper and magazine reporter, a fiction short story writer and the former Administrator of the Amoco Corp. Executive Spokesperson Training Programs and Emergency Response Training. His expertise in Media Spokesperson Training, Crisis Communications and Presentation Skills Enhancement has been a key element in the success of The Dave Baum Media Training Group.

A journalism-psychology graduate of the University of Texas, Mr.Miga was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press and the Hammond, Indiana Times. He has contributed numerous articles to Flying magazine in addition to having short stories published in literary reviews.

Mr. Miga has initiated and developed crisis training manuals, plans and training exercises for Amoco and other Fortune 500 corporations as well as The Dave Baum Media Training Group.

Gordon Rinda

Gordon Rinda is Director of Audio-Visual Services for The Dave Baum Media Training Group. He oversees the use of all A-V equipment for training in the U.S., Europe, China and India.

Audio-Visual services include the use of news-ready cameras, lighting kits, video and audio mixers, microphones, DVD/CD capabilities and electronic editing to provide “life-like” interview settings for clients.

Rinda is also a successful recording engineer. He has produced hundreds of national and regional radio, voice and independent record releases. He is a member of the National Association of Broadcasting and on the Steering Committee of the Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago.

Roger Wolski

Roger Wolski’s experience of 20 years in the entertainment industry include working in both film and radio. As Production Executive of the feature film Madison, Wolski honed his independent filmmaking skills working with a multi-million dollar budget and such stars as Jim Cevezial (The Passion of the Christ), Bruce Dern (All The Pretty Horses) and Mary McCormack (Full Frontal, Deep Impact). Madison was released by MGM on April 22, 2005.

Wolski produced and directed The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas hosted by Stacy Keach. With 90 episodes under his belt, he also directed, recorded, created sound effects, and mixed each episode. These translations of Rod Serling’s television scripts into radio dramas are distributed worldwide and include the participation of actors such as Jason Alexander, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ed Bagley Jr., and Jane Seymour.

Formerly, Vice President and Senior Producer of Radio Spirits, Inc., the largest distributor of classic radio programs; Wolski digitally restored and re-mastered much of the company’s impressive audio collection. His experience coordinating the production (as well as pre- and post) of the company’s nationally syndicated radio shows will be a valuable asset in producing Rest Area. Among the various programs are Radio Movie Classics hosted by Jeffery Lyons, and Leonard Maltin’s Video Views.