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bio_BlockRobert “Bobby” Block

Robert “Bobby” Block is a media expert and strategic communications consultant, specializing in creative solutions to communication ambitions and challenges. He is an award winning journalist and has worked in news, marketing and entertainment from London to Johannesburg to Hollywood over a long, storied career.

He is currently the President and Director of the Angaza Foundation for Africa Reporting, a nonprofit dedicated to creative journalism training and reporting in Africa. He also runs his own consultancy, Hurricane Communications and Consulting Inc.

Until January 2012 he was the Director of Media and Marketing at the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, a nonprofit startup charged by US Congress with brokering and promoting groundbreaking research on the International Space Station. He was brought in to repair image issues and create a new brand for the organization to raise awareness across the government and industry.

Prior to joining CASIS, Block served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), a company created by maverick entrepreneur Elon Musk to build a new generation of reliable and affordable rockets and spacecraft for human and cargo. Block managed the company’s external communications and media relations programs and is credit with improving the firm’s relationship with the national and international press.

Before his career in the aerospace world, Block was an award-winning journalist and author, whose career spanned 32 years as a national and overseas correspondent in
Latin America, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. Over the years, Block has worked for The Wall Street Journal, The Tribune Company, Reuters, The Independent of London, the London Sunday Times, and was a long-time contributor to the New York Review of Books. He is also co-Author of “Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security,” which was a Washington Post Book of the Year in 2006.

His reporting on NASA and Florida’s space policy earned three consecutive annual Society of Professional Journalist awards for government reporting. He also contributed to the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of 9/11, which earned a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. In addition, he has awards and honors from international human rights groups, U.S. Congressional associations and the United Nations. He also has written treatments and episodic television scripts for HBO and FX and has done consulting work for various Hollywood companies.