John Youngren Vice President/Group Account Director

He once tried stand-up comedy. But it was no laughing matter.

Given that – and after career stints as a sportswriter and columnist, a radio talk show host, a television critic and a corporate communications professional – John found his way into the advertising and public relations game and has been an integral part of the Love Communications team for more than 12 years now.

At Love Communications, he oversees critical accounts and has directed award-winning public awareness campaigns for many of the agency’s major clients, including the Utah Lt. Governor’s Office “VOTE.UTAH.GOV” efforts, United Way of Salt Lake, the state’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) and Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza, to name just a few. He also does a little copywriting, some production, a fair amount of PR and even dabbles in management (as well as whatever else needs to be done) when the partners let him. John’s development and oversight of a media campaign in 2012 led to the agency being awarded some 13 “Pollie” awards by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).

A University of Utah graduate with a degree in communication and English, John is an immediate past member of the U of U Alumni Association Board of Directors and is assuming a new term on the KUED Advisory Board this fall. Fun fact: John has moderated more than 600 Monday-morning staff meetings at Love Communications, an Iron Horse-type of career mark that will likely never be eclipsed.

In 2013, John was named “Professional of the Year” by AAF-Utah.