Global public strategy firm Mercury Public Affairs added 20-year journalism veteran Ivy Charmatz to its New Jersey team as vice president.
Charmatz comes to the team from News 12 New Jersey, where she served as executive producer for News and Special Projects.
Mercury Partner Michael Soliman, head of the New Jersey office, said the team was excited to welcome Charmatz, adding, “Ivy is an experienced, well-respected journalist whose communications background will be a tremendous asset to our clients.”
Charmatz has won several TV industry awards, including an Edward R. Murrow Award, New York Emmy Award and Gracie Award, and her work has been recognized by organizations such as the Press Club of Long Island, Garden State Association of Black Journalists, the Salvation Army and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
“I am thrilled to be joining a world-class, bipartisan firm and working with other public affairs professionals to help clients tell their stories,” Charmatz said in a statement.
A Rutgers University graduate, Charmatz managed the “Ask Governor Murphy” program at News 12 NJ and was responsible for several of the station’s most popular series, including “On The Road,” as well as specials for the entire News 12 network, including an exclusive interview with the family of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Charmatz is also a member of the advisory board of the Allaire Community Farm nonprofit in Wall, a member of the leadership team for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of New Jersey, a strategic consultant to the CEO and staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Essex, Hudson and Union counties, and was the managing director for the 2020 Asbury Park Music and Film Festival in Monmouth County.