David Sacash is an associate professor of mass communication and a freelance business writer and journalist. He has over 25 years experience in communications as a newspaper reporter, editor, columnist, bureau chief and marketing communications vice president for a Fortune 500 company.
Prior to joining Francis Marion University in 2002, Sacash founded Valley Forge Communications, a professional freelance writing and editorial consulting firm based in Philadelphia. He has taught broadcast journalism, public speaking and public relations courses. He is the adviser to The Patriot, FMU's award-winning student newspaper.
His experience includes managing communication programs for Fortune 500 companies like AT&T, NCR, a $6 billion computer company, and Unisys, a $7.2 billion computer company. While at Unisys, Sacash was vice president of marketing communications for the Systems & Technology Group and managed media relations, analyst relations, web page content, advertising and employee communications.
At NCR, Sacash was director of media relations and managed NCR’s United States and international public relations and employee communication programs for the Computer Systems Group. He has implemented press relation programs in Europe, Latin America and worked with PR teams in Asia. He has managed news conferences and various media relations programs in the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Austria, France, Brazil and Mexico. Sacash has received awards for marketing communications and public relations programs.
Prior to entering the corporate world, Sacash was an award winning investigative newspaper reporter at the Dayton Daily News in Ohio, a 200,000-circulation newspaper, and an assistant city editor, reporter, columnist and bureau chief for The News-Herald in suburban Cleveland. While at the Dayton Daily News, he received 11 news- reporting awards from various organizations, including the Ohio Associated Press. Sacash has an extensive reporting background in developing news stories by using public records.
He was a writer in Vietnam for the U.S. Army and worked with foreign correspondents covering the war. Prior to this assignment with the First Infantry Division, Sacash experienced combat as a rifleman for an all-volunteer reconnaissance platoon.
Sacash earned a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Kent State University. His teaching philosophy is to help students believe in themselves and pursue their dreams.