The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is announcing the hiring of Joe Harrington as the agency’s new public information officer.
With more than a decade of journalistic experience, Harrington joins RTC from KOLO-TV where he reported for nearly eight years. During that time, Harrington covered the Reno City Council, Sparks City Council, Washoe County Commission and the Nevada State Legislature. He was part of award-winning wildfire coverage for KOLO-TV’s sister station in Colorado. He has also reported from the US Capitol and the White House.
“I’ve always focused my career on informing people about how government affects their lives, and how they can participate in the public process. This new role at RTC will help me fulfil that mission to an even greater extent,” he said.
As part of RTC, Harrington will be a point of contact for the media and citizens. He will help facilitate public input on RTC projects and initiatives, and explain how citizens may participate in shaping their community. Harrington will also inform the community about the many ways RTC improves mobility and safety, accommodates growth and keeps the local economy vibrant and strong.
“We are proud to welcome Joe to the RTC communications team and look forward to his contributions advancing the agency’s mission to serve the transportation needs of the citizens of Washoe County ,” said Lee Gibson, RTC executive director. Harrington graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University with a BS in Broadcast News – he minored in Political Science.
RTC’s previous public information officer, Michael Moreno, has been promoted to the role of public affairs administrator.