Mark Braff founded Braff Communications LLC in 1993 following a 15-year career as a journalist and public relations practitioner.
He began his career in 1977 as a reporter and later as news editor for The Ridgewood Newspapers, an award-winning chain of local newspapers. Mark has also produced freelance features and news stories for The Record of Hackensack, New Jersey, one of the largest dailies in the tri-state New York area.
Following a tenure as a manager and on-air reporter for a local cable television system, Mark joined Madison Square Garden Sports Network as the first member of its in-house public relations team in 1979. Among his accomplishments at MSG Sports Network was overseeing a publicity effort supporting the re-launch of the programming service as USA Network in 1980. While at USA, Mark directed all sports and affiliate public relations activity, including the network’s coverage of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, college basketball and football, boxing and a variety of other sports.
In 1986, Mark joined the cable television industry’s advertising trade association, the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau, as director of communications. He directed all public relations activity for the association, wrote and produced a monthly newsletter for members, and managed the production of all collateral print materials including brochures and pocket-pieces.
Mark later served as vice president at Wishner Communications, a New York-based public relations agency. At Wishner, Mark managed public relations activities for a variety of clients, including CBN Cable Network (now ABC Family), Sport Magazine, the World Wrestling Federation and Six Flags Great Adventure.
Immediately prior to forming Braff Communications LLC, Mark was executive vice president for Myers Reports, a leading media industry research and marketing firm. At Myers, Mark conducted public relations and/or research activity for virtually all advertising-supported cable television networks, including ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, MTV Networks, USA Networks, Group W and The Discovery Channel.
Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and has published several articles relating to the profession of public relations.