NFIB Regional Media Manager
Phone: (515) 243-1965
Mobile: (907) 891-4331
Former reporter brings communications and media relations experience
Madison, August 7, 2019 – NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, announced that Emily Carlson is the new Senior Media Manager for 11 states in the Midwest, including Wisconsin, which is home to more than 10,000 small businesses.
“We are very excited to have a strategic communicator join NFIB in Wisconsin,” said Bill G. Smith, NFIB Wisconsin State Director. ”Emily brings a strong background to this position, and has excellent media skills that will assure the voice of Wisconsin’s small business community will be heard, and the issues they care about receive the attention of our elected officials.”
Emily Carlson grew up in Minnesota and graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. After several stints in small markets, she landed a job at WHO-HD in Des Moines, where she worked for five years covering the state Capitol. Carlson met and married her husband in Des Moines before moving to Alaska, where she was the main anchor and reporter at KTVA in Anchorage. As the oil and gas reporter, Emily broke down complicated issues into clear and explanatory information. Known for writing uplifting and powerful stories, Emily was nominated for an Emmy award for her work on a half-hour special about how a subsistence challenge transformed a community in rural Alaska. She was honored by the Alaska Broadcaster’s Association for a special about opioid abuse and also won numerous awards from the Alaska Press Club.
“I am thrilled to join the team at NFIB, the premier advocacy platform for our small business owners,” said Emily Carlson. “As the wife and daughter-in-law of small business owners, I know the dedication it takes to run your own business. I’m excited to share the stories of hard-working business owners and the issues that matter to them with the media and people across the state.”
Emily is happy to provide content or context on issues that concern small business.
Emily is married to Erik Helland and has two small children and a very old Weimaraner. The family lives in the Des Moines area and spends lots of time in their garden. Emily’s picture is attached.