Jack O'Dwyer by Mark Hammermeister

The Town Crier Sounds Off

For more than 40 years, Jack O’Dwyer has been one of the PR industry’s most ardent champions—and, occasionally, its biggest pain in the ass. He’s parlayed nearly obsessive coverage of the communications business into a $295-a-year newsletter, fat annual directories and—charmingly—a monthly magazine. And while his O’Dwyer’s Public Relations e-blast is no longer the must-read of yore, it still carries serious juice in big-agency C-suites. What does the industry’s most legendary cheerleader—and grouch—think the business looks like in 2013?

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