Curious about practically everything, Shirley Hancock entered the University of Oregon School of Journalism with her sights set on newspaper reporting. She ended up an Emmy-nominated, award winning TV journalist, anchoring nearly 20 years at Portland’s CBS affiliate. Shirley has found herself in endless adventures—behind bars for exclusive interviews, landing by chopper onto the steaming crater of Mt. St. Helens, documenting Portland’s gang wars and flying high above the Oregon desert in an F-15. For more than a decade, Shirley has been working the other side of the fence, leveraging her curiosity, joy of writing and media insider’s knowledge to her work as a PR and communications specialist. She has secured coverage for her clients in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, Sunset Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, London Times, CNBC and many more. Clients and partners include, AT&T, Cricket LCW Wireless, The Salvation Army, Auxier Asset Management/Auxier Focus Fund, Mobinnova, ConTech International/Phoenix Curb Machines and Phoenix Lift-Off Systems, Topia Technology, Oregon Science & Technology Park, City of Gresham, City of Beaverton, YWCA, ZOS Communications, Kows for Kids, St. Vincent de Paul, Jolanta Pawlak Designs.
Shirley is a regular contributor to the ADDY Award winning and Maggie Award finalist, 1859 Magazine. Recognitions include the Public Relations Society of America (Portland Chapter) team award; Emmy nominations for reporting; Dartmouth/Champion International First Place Award for Economic Reporting; awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Oregon Broadcasters’ Association, Associated Press, and University of Oregon Portland Alumni Chapter Spotlight Award. Shirley has served as Ambassador for the Portland Rose Festival’s Grand Floral Parade, March of Dimes, and Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure.
Shirley serves on the University of Oregon School of Journalism Advisory Council, the UO Alumni Association, the Salvation Army Metro Board, and is co-founder of the Salvation Army’s first ever Emerging Leaders Council. She is a proud mother of three—all third generation University of Oregon Ducks—and lives in the Portland area with her husband, and their cat, Petals.