The career of Delmarie Cobb, as a media and political consultant, spans the historic and credible presidential campaigns of the first African American man and the first woman nominee of the Democratic Party. She also served as the first African American press secretary for the Democratic National Convention upon its successful return to Chicago in 1996.
As the owner of The Publicity Works, a boutique, Chicago-based public affairs firm—specializing in political consulting, media relations, strategic planning and crisis management—her analyses and opinion are in great demand by media outlets throughout the world.
Since opening The Publicity Works, Ms. Cobb has served as political consultant for a long list of candidates, starting with Alderman Bobby Rush in his first congressional bid against incumbent U.S. Rep. Charles Hayes; Jesse Jackson Jr. in the 1995 special election; former Illinois comptroller Dan Hynes; the re-election campaigns of Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine; and many other local, state and national campaigns. In 2000, she served as Illinois State Director for presidential candidate Bill Bradley.
Ms. Cobb started as a television news reporter working for network affiliates in various markets throughout the country. Upon returning to Chicago, she became a radio talk show host, a television producer, and a columnist—writing social and political opinion pieces for N’DIGO Magapaper. She also is the president of Deleco Communications Inc., a television production company, which produced the award-winning, national television newsmagazine program, STREET LIFE on PBS affiliates. Currently, she writes a column to a growing number of subscribers—Chicago Colors–which is often picked up by a variety of media outlets.
Ms. Cobb brings to a project knowledge of the media; the respect of her peers; and her experience in hard news reporting and politics. It is these attributes, which make her invaluable to corporate, government and non-profit clients in developing public policy, strategic planning, crisis management, community outreach and messaging.
Since opening her consulting business, on April 1, 1990, Ms. Cobb has helped to nurture and develop the careers of many young adults—in journalism and politics–who served as interns in her office.