The Washington Post
Kristine Coratti Kelly is Chief Communications Officer at The Washington Post and General Manager of The Washington Post Live. She had previously served as the company’s vice president of communications since 2014.
Coratti serves as a high-level strategic advisor, leading the charge on corporate communications and overseeing a multi-faceted publicity strategy aimed at increasing the visibility of The Post’s journalism and helping grow The Post’s national and international audience. In 2021, her responsibilities expanded to oversight of brand strategy, positioning and marketing The Post to subscribers and new audiences and developing research-based and integrated marketing campaigns.
Coratti leads key initiatives, collaborating with global media brands and major technology partners, including serving as The Post’s lead executive in the MSNBC/Washington Post 2019 Democratic presidential primary.
Coratti also focuses on reinforcing the company’s position as an innovator in the digital media landscape by leading a talented team of journalists with Washington Post Live, the newsroom’s live journalism platform. Under Coratti’s stewardship, Washington Post Live’s business has grown exponentially and, in 2020, successfully pivoted from in-person events to virtual programming. Over the last year, Live has hosted a record number of high-profile, news-driven programs that cover a wide-range of subject areas. Notable guests include former Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry, former Vice Presidents Mike Pence and Al Gore, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Sir Richard Branson, actor Brad Pitt, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Oscar winner John Batiste, designer and entrepreneur Diane von Furstenberg, among others.
In addition, Coratti oversees the development and execution of corporate affairs activities. Under her direction, The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership has more than doubled in membership size since the initiative was launched in November 2018. Partner organizations include the International Press Institute, National Press Club, Committee to Protect Journalists, International Women’s Media Foundation, James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, One Free Press Coalition, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Reporters Without Borders. Coratti also manages the company’s philanthropic arm, Helping Hand, which has raised more than $1.4 million for Washington-area nonprofits since 2014.
Coratti joined The Post in 2006 as the communications manager for Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the company’s online division. In this role, she built the company’s communications team from the ground up and established the mission for the community relations and events teams. She also managed communications for Slate Magazine and the launch of The Root, the leading online source of news and commentary from an African American perspective.
Prior to joining The Post, Coratti was an account executive at DBC Public Relations Experts where she oversaw publicity for news outlets including MSNBC.com and Congressional Quarterly. Coratti started her career in the media industry at CNN where she worked as a research coordinator for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Reports before being promoted to a publicist.
In 2019, BizBash named Coratti a top Corporate Producer & Strategist on their BizBash 1,000 list of the people with the biggest impact on meetings and events across the United States. She is also a recipient of the ADD Diversity Council Award.
Coratti graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan. She resides with her family in Arlington, VA.