Welcome Reception New Information Officer

IO welcome reception

Good evening! I arrived to Managua almost two years ago. I’ve liked this country very much. I have shared many of my activities on my Twitter account and the Embassy’s Facebook page. Many of you have asked me if I am personally managing my Twitter account. The answer is yes!, and I am going to take a selfie right now to share it. As you see, I try to be accessible to all the media.

The media has a key role in all countries. Freedom of the press promotes transparency, the rule of law, citizen and political participation, and access to information.

This evening, we got together at the Nicaraguan North-American Cultural Center (CCNN) to welcome our new press officer Nicole Finnemann. She comes to Nicaragua to be the direct liaison between the United States Embassy and the Nicaraguan press.

Welcome, Nicole! I want to tell you a little bit about Nicole. We worked together in Mexico. Nicole also worked at our embassies in Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Since our time in Mexico, Nicole has had two children. As you get to meet Nicole, you will be able to see that she is full of energy and good ideas. She is very energetic.

I have noticed that the media in Nicaragua rarely gets in contact with the Embassy to ask questions about the United States’ policies or to verify or clarify information before it makes it public.

This differs from my previous experience in other countries where I have worked. I encourage you to talk to Nicole and her team: Félix Cisneros, Karen Schneegans, Shany Pérez, and Gil Fiallos whenever you have a question.

And I think you already know Lisa Swenarski, our Public Affairs Officer. Sometimes we will be able to respond quickly, sometimes it will take us a little more time. But, please call, ask, write, and contact us! Now, please welcome our new press officer Nicole Finnemann!

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