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Communicator and Advocate Honored with UT Accomplished Alumni Award

Wendell Potter

Wendell Potter (BS/JEM ’73), a veteran journalist, public relations executive, author, and advocate for health care and insurance reform, recently received a UT Accomplished Alumni award.

Potter is a senior analyst at the Center for Public Integrity, an organization that produces investigative journalism on issues of public concern. He also is a senior fellow on health care for the Center for Media and Democracy, and serves as a consumer liaison representative for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.


Potter began his career as a reporter at the Memphis (Tenn.) Press-Scimitar, and eventually was promoted to the Scripps-Howard News Bureau in Washington, DC, where he covered the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Transitioning into public relations, Potter served as press secretary to a Tennessee gubernatorial candidate, headed advertising and public relations for an East Tennessee health care system, and was a partner in an Atlanta public relations firm.


He later headed the communications department for Humana Inc., and was then recruited to Cigna Corp., where he served in a variety of positions over 15 years, culminating in leading its corporate communications team and serving as chief corporate spokesperson.