Mark Kruea retires as Myrtle Beach PIO. Meredith Denari takes helm

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The City of Myrtle Beach has chosen Meredith Denari as the next Public Information Director.  Denari joined the city’s “First in Service” team as Assistant Director of Public Information in October 2021.  She replaces Mark Kruea, who retires after more than 25 years.
I’m happy to say we had a strong field of candidates.  After two rounds of interviews with multiple teammates, Meredith clearly stood out as the best candidate,” City Manager Fox Simons said in a memo to City Council and city staff Tuesday morning.
Meredith (Helline) Denari brings more than eight years of experience in television, media relations and public information to the position.  Originally from Louisville, Ky., she moved to Myrtle Beach upon graduating from the University of Kentucky to work at WMBF News
Denari created and spearheaded the award-winning good news series, “This is Carolina,” with photojournalist George Hansen while there.  After six years at WMBF, she left her role as evening anchor to join Kruea on the Public Information team.
I’m thrilled for Meredith and the city,” Kruea said.  “Meredith brings a newsroom approach to sharing information with our many audiences, especially the public.  She is extremely responsive and will represent the city well.” 
“I’m honored to represent the city,” Denari said.  “I believe to do great work you need to genuinely enjoy what you do.  I love my job and my co-workers.  I’m excited to take on this new challenge, build on the strong foundation Mark has set and see what new heights the PIO team can reach.”
Denari’s first day as Public Information Director is Friday, April 19th. 

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