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McCoy joins DHHS as Director of Public Affairs

Release Date: March 18, 2009
Contact: Renee McCoy, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Sec. Lanier Cansler announces the appointment of Renee McCoy as Director of Public Affairs for the Department. (print-quality photo of McCoy, 400 KB)

The Director of Public Affairs is responsible for directing and overseeing all internal and external communications for the Department and serves as chief spokesperson to the media.

“We are extremely excited about the level of experience Renee McCoy brings to the Department of Health and Human Services as we progress to a new direction of rebuilding our state’s services and institutions,” Sec. Cansler said.

McCoy, a 25-year television news veteran, worked at WRAL and as a freelance reporter/anchor at NBC-17 and UNC-TV. She also taught communications/journalism as an adjunct instructor at Peace College and Meredith College in Raleigh. McCoy started a Raleigh-based media consulting company in 1999. “I’m looking forward to returning to public service and joining Secretary Cansler and the DHHS team as they work to improve the statewide Health and Human Services system.”

During the first two months of his administration, Sec. Cansler has adopted an agency wide focus on enhancing trust and confidence in the Department, as well as a Zero Tolerance Policy in his approach to implementing changes at DHHS facilities across the state. 

McCoy worked as Director of Public Relations for the N.C. Department of Correction in 1986, during the administration of Gov. Jim Martin.