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Kirkland Announces new Communications Program Manager

KIRKLAND, Wash.- City Manager Kurt Triplett has announced the hiring of Kathy Cummings as the new Communications Program Manager for the City of Kirkland beginning June 1, 2016. She replaces Marie Jensen who recently took a communications position in Bellevue. Cummings will over-see city-wide communication efforts, media relations and work to enhance public outreach and create meaningful connections between the City and the community.

Cummings brings a variety of communications experience at the national and state level including eight years as the Communication Director of the Washington State Labor Council in Seattle.

“We are constantly striving to improve communication between the City and our residents,” said Triplett. “Kathy’s impressive experience and energy will help us improve the dialogue with our residents so we can deliver the high quality services our community expects.”

Cummings began her career in her hometown of Washington, D.C. as part of the broadcast team that inaugurated CNN’s news coverage and moved on to NBC Network News working as a broadcast engineer newsgathering in the field. After getting her Master’s degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, Cummings went back to NBC, D.C., to supervise the editing department.

Kathy took a few years off to raise her two children and a family move brought her to San Francisco where she became Production Controller for the West Coast office of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

In 2001, Cummings and her children moved back to the Washington, D.C. area where she produced news programs for PBS and then went on to work for the Machinists’ Union creating video and hosting web-based video news segments for the International Union.

In 2004, Kathy moved back to California and started her own video production company producing pieces for a variety of groups including the Sacramento Mayor’s office, California Child Protective Services and the California Space Authority. She moved to Seattle in 2008 joining the Washington State Labor Council.

Cummings lives in Sammamish with her husband. In her spare time she when she is not walking, reading, quilting or gardening, you will find her doing laps in the community pool.

“I’m really excited to join the Kirkland team,” said Cummings. “Working with the big picture at the national and state level is one thing, but working at the community level is much more rewarding because this is where the rubber meets the road. I’m excited to jump in and help foster the relationship between the City and the community to maintain and enhance the quality of life in Kirkland.”

Kathy Cummings can be reached by email at or in her office at (425) 587-3021 or on her cell at (425) 979-6562.