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Culloton’s crisis communications skills were honed in the challenging assignments of press secretary to former Illinois Governor George Ryan and, prior to that, as the chief spokesman for O’Hare International and Midway airports as well as Meigs Field in Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration. From plane crashes to high-profile litigation, political battles and criminal investigations, Culloton has counseled top executives through nearly every crisis imaginable.
In 1996, he was the communications manager for the Chicago ’96 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. He also served several years as a public affairs executive with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the DePaul University College of Law, Culloton was a writer and reporter for Chicago’s WMAQ All News Radio 67 from 1988-1992. A frequent guest lecturer and former college instructor, Culloton won a meritorious Achievement Award for Reporting at the Chicago Bar Association’s first annual Herman Kogan Media Awards. He was also named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40” in 2002.
Culloton is a visiting lecturer in the journalism department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign teaching Crisis Communications. He sits on the board of Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Inc. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Club.