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W Publishing Group Hires Director of Publicity 

Contact:     Jolene Barto
Communications Associate
tel:    615.902.1113

Nashville, TN – W Publishing Group, a non-fiction imprint of Thomas Nelson, is pleased to announce the hiring of Director of Publicity Judy McDonough. Effective September 15, McDonough became the newest member of the W Publishing team, filling the role previously held by Stephanie Newton, who now serves as HarperCollins Christian Publishing’s Marketing Director of Backlist. 

“I am personally thrilled that Judy has agreed to join our team at W Publishing,” said Matt Baugher, SVP and W Publishing Group publisher.  “She has much to offer through her vast network of contacts, her fresh thinking, and her deep desire to work with life-changing content. Our authors are going to love working with her and they are going to discover a person who is both strategic and persistent in obtaining relevant coverage for each product.  We are fortunate to have some of the most talented people in the industry working here at Thomas Nelson.  Judy McDonough is an ideal fit.” 

McDonough is a twenty-year PR and media specialist, whose work has centered on music and entertainment clients. Prior to joining W Publishing, McDonough ran her own independent PR firm, JEMMedia, for seven years, representing festivals and music events, record labels, recording artists and reality TV stars. 

Before starting JEMMedia, McDonough was publicist at Capitol Records Nashville, where she worked with such artists as Keith Urban, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks, Darius Rucker and many others. 

About Thomas Nelson: Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit