Becky McKendry

Becky McKendry

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MSU Extension Health and Nutrition Communications Manager
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture



As communications manager, Becky's mission is to highlight the extraordinary impact that Michigan State University Extension has on Michigan residents, with a special focus on the organization's health and nutrition efforts.

Among other responsibilities, Becky provides strategic marketing and communications counsel to health and nutrition programming leadership; writes and edits a variety of content; manages digital and print communication and marketing needs for projects and initiatives; serves as MSU Extension's media relations manager, connecting experts across the state to reporters and press contacts; delivers writing and communications professional development workshops to health and nutrition staff; promotes and rolls out programs and events; helps educators tailor their content to maximize audience impact; produced the Partnerships and Peninsulas podcast; and more.

Before joining the MSU Extension communications team in summer 2019, Becky served for five years as senior editor at Public Sector Consultants (PSC), a public policy research firm in Lansing, Michigan. At PSC, she supervised and directed an editorial department; worked on major marketing and communications initiatives; translated highly technical content into digestible, engaging marketing pieces; and developed content for and edited high-level research for nonprofit, governmental and corporate clients. Prior to that, Becky spent several years as a journalist and news editor. She has also run her own editorial and communications business for 15 years — working with clients such as McGraw-Hill Education and SchoolStatus.

A proud Spartan, Becky holds a bachelor's in journalism with a concentration in editorial reporting from Michigan State University, along with multiple professional certificates for editing and public relations.