Paul Furiga is chief storyteller, founder and CEO of WordWrite Communications.
In 2013, Paul was honored by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) with The Renaissance Hall of Fame Award. The chapter’s highest honor, the award is presented to a veteran public relations professional who has made a substantial impact in the Pittsburgh region.
WordWrite has also received numerous awards for its work, including recent PRSA Renaissance Awards for media relations and social media, and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Golden Triangle Awards for speechwriting and organizational identity.
Paul’s passion for storytelling inspired him to form WordWrite. He is currently writing a book on the importance of storytelling in business communications with the working title Why Your Story Trumps Your Brand. The book details the business success of authentic stories shared by fluent storytellers who continually read their audiences to ensure they are engaged. The book builds on WordWrite’s proprietary storytelling process, StoryCrafting.
Before founding WordWrite, Paul was a vice president at Ketchum Public Relations in Pittsburgh, where he served clients including Bridgestone/Firestone, Delta Air Lines and Rutgers University.
Previously, Paul spent two decades as a journalist, most recently as editor of the Pittsburgh Business Times from 1994 to 1998. Paul was also deputy bureau chief and a correspondent for Thomson Newspapers Washington, D.C. bureau from 1988 to 1993, where he covered Congress, the White House and four presidential nominating conventions. He also was senior editor of OhioWeek magazine and a reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer.
In 1986, Paul became a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and worked as legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Paul Simon of Illinois on budget, economic and trade issues. He was also issues director for Sen. Simon’s 1988 presidential campaign, leading a staff responsible for speechwriting, debate preparation, position papers and opposition research.
Paul graduated from Miami University in Ohio in 1980 with a degree in mass communication. He is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) through IABC. Paul is active in the community, serving as vice chair of the River City Brass, on the boards of The Rivers Club and the IABC Pittsburgh Chapter.