Richard Stenger, Principal
For more than a decade, Stenger has promoted media and marketing clients in key national markets and beyond. Along the way he's landed Sundance filmmakers in the New York Times, destinations on the covers of Outside Magazine, Lonely Planet and Washington Post Travel, and the world’s tallest tree on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle in its first top to bottom story in a century. In 2020 he earned a Poppy Award for best PR campaign in California tourism, and somehow shared the stage with skateboard legend Tony Hawk.
Besides dusting off and sharing publicity finds, Stenger enjoys identifying client core assets that shine in both PR and marketing worlds, and beating industry averages in cost per click and conversion campaigns.
As an editor and reporter, Stenger has worked for CNN, New York Times Digital and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other news groups. He’s covered national trends for Washington City Paper, the Georgia legislature as a syndicated columnist, and appeared on numerous television networks including CNN and the Travel Channel. He's won or co-won awards from the George Polk Foundation, Georgia Press Association and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for journalism excellence.
Among other pursuits, Stenger has written travel books, worked as a national park ranger and driven a Zamboni. He lives with his wife, children, rabbits, chickens and duck in Northern California.
A former state tourism director for California, John has worked in travel marketing and communications for more than 35 years. He’s served as Vice President, Ketchum Communications, and represented Marriot Hotels; the Eldora Ski Area; Squaw Valley USA; Yosemite Park and Curry Co; the California Park and Recreation Society and many more. He has received numerous honors in marketing communications, public relations, journalism and photography. He has won the Frank Riley Award for travel writing by SATW’s Western Chapter twice.
Stenger Media brings together a virtual agency of marketing, creative and web experts from across the country. They include Richard's twin Jack, who did stints as a reporter in Mexico and Georgia and won a prestigious Hearst Foundation Journalism Award before a ten-year run with one of Atlanta's most successful advertising agencies. By working as the e-Team, the group eliminates overhead costs and deploys only needed talents based on specific projects.