OKLAHOMA CITY (March 9, 2020) – Governor Kevin Stitt announced today he has named Charlie Hannema as his new chief of communications.
“I am pleased to welcome Charlie to our team,” said Gov. Stitt. “As a journalist at heart, he understands the important role our news media plays in an informed society, and his strategic thinking will help my administration find new ways to reach Oklahomans and engage them in the work we are doing to become a Top Ten state.”
Hannema has served as director of public relations for Broken Arrow Public Schools since 2017. Prior to this, he spent 10 years as a television journalist, including five years as a sports anchor and reporter at KOTV in Tulsa.
While at Broken Arrow Public Schools, he served as the primary spokesperson for one of Oklahoma’s largest school districts, building relationships with local and state media outlets and coordinating logistics for multiple public relations campaigns. He also played a key role in facilitating new strategic partnerships, including partnering with Owasso Public Schools to rebrand the annual football rivalry game as the Folds of Honor Patriot Bowl to raise money to benefit military families.
“I have had the honor to work alongside Charlie Hannema for several years as he used his platforms to help promote our life-changing mission of educating the families of our heroes,” said Folds of Honor Founder and CEO Lt. Col. Dan Rooney. “Charlie is a force for good and his new mission is a perfect evolution. He is the right choice to spread the great work and progress we are making under Governor Stitt’s leadership to all Oklahomans.”
Hannema holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri.
Hannema’s start date is effective March 9, 2020. Hannema can be reached at Charlie.Hannema@gov.ok.gov and (405) 522-0215.