I make it a point to avoid talking to the press if at all possible. During my 10 years as the County Economist for Gwinnett County, I was nearly always quoted incorrectly or taken out of context. It got so bad that I stopped taking phone interviews, and limited my interaction with the press to written communication only. In so doing, I always had a record of what I actually said.
It finally dawned on me that I really have no obligation to talk to press at all! I typically ignore nearly every phone call or e-mail from reporters, although, occasionally one does get through. However, my work is sometimes referenced in the paper, or the press may cover a presentation I am giving to a client. Below are a sample of articles about me, quoting me, or referencing my work.
Group OKs moving ahead with new south Forsyth city
November 7, 2017
Losing our Fortune 500 companies should be a clue
February 21, 2017
Kenmore Flops Alfie Smart Shopper Online Branding
September 16, 2016
St. Simons Island incorporation would burden Brunswick
June 28, 2016
Economist Alfie Meek paints bleak picture
October 23, 2013