Kathleen Colan is an award-winning journalist and online marketer who combines a traditional communications background with extensive Internet marketing experience to help organizations tell stories in the digital age. She has been published in the New York Post, written internationally-published history books, worked as national media relations director for Fortune 500 brand Progressive Insurance and launched Mongoose Metrics, a Cleveland-based, nationally recognized online marketing technology company. From 2001 through 2015 she was a freelance feature writer and weekly society correspondent for The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest daily newspaper.
Colan founded KC Media Partners solely to help clients achieve their communications goals. Those goals come in many forms and often manifest as social media success, well-placed media coverage, impressive online conversions and unforgettable branding.
As founder and president of KC Media Partners, Colan focuses on serving clients with strategic counsel and tactical services. In addition to extensive experience across the disciplines of marketing and communications, Colan offers deep subject matter expertise in public relations; media relations; social media; inbound/content marketing and online marketing communications.
Before founding KC Media Partners, Colan was an equity partner with The Fairmount Group from 2013 to 2016. Prior to that, she worked as a sole proprietor freelance journalist and marketing specialist for ten years. During this time she served as editor of The Plain Dealer’s Custom Publishing division and director of marketing and content for Mongoose Metrics. Other clients included the Gates Foundation, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga Community College, The Pohly Company, Cleveland Magazine, the Free Times and Northern Ohio Live.
In 2003 she received the Ohio Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism award for a feature in Cleveland Magazine titled “The Columnist and the Congressman,” about Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.
Colan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from John Carroll University.