- - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It’s a long journey from Leavenworth to Washington, but Andrea Hutchins thinks the experience and skills she first gained in her Kansas hometown will serve her well in her new post overseeing the marketing of The Washington Times in the digital age.

It was in Leavenworth, Kansas, where Ms. Hutchins began her career as an advertising salesperson, starting at the local newspaper and eventually moving into an executive-level media leadership post within the Kansas City metropolitan area.

She credits her experience in Leavenworth, followed by five years as a marketing and digital communications specialist with the U.S. Army in Germany and at the Pentagon, with helping prepare her for post as senior manager for marketing at The Washington Times.

“As a military spouse, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to acquire a diverse set of marketing and media skills,” said Ms. Hutchins. “I feel many of the things I’ve done in my career fall in line with the values The Times has always stood for. As a military spouse, I appreciate the company’s support for our active-duty and veteran service members, and I certainly appreciate the opportunity they’ve afforded me.”

In her most recent position as a senior public affairs officer at the Pentagon, Ms. Hutchins was directly responsible for sharpening the Army’s presence on a range of new social media platforms, from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and other up-and-coming platforms. Her duties included providing social media training to the nation’s top generals and coordinating the social media presence and online messaging between the Army and top Defense Department officials.



Prior to moving to the Washington area, Ms. Hutchins and her husband, Micah Hutchins, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army currently assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency, spent nearly three years in Vilseck, Germany.

Her duties as a marketing program manager for the Army Community Service there included keeping soldiers informed of the services available to them, using digital communications, community outreach and an on-air presence on the Armed Forces Radio Network to get feedback and provide help to U.S. service personnel stationed throughout Germany.

“We couldn’t be more excited by Andrea’s arrival and for her vision of the The Times’ brand,” Director of Advertising and Sales Adam VerCammen said. “Her past history speaks for itself — the skill-set range and background in both public and private sector are what we need to raise our established brand to the next level. Her energy, passion and understanding of the D.C. landscape really stand out.”

Added Executive Editor Christopher Dolan, “There are a lot of new and exciting things going on at The Times as we expand, and we’re thrilled Andrea has come on board to help us get that message out to our growing national and international readership.”

In addition to her media experience, Ms. Hutchins spent three years as economic development director of the city of Leavenworth. During her tenure with the city, Ms. Hutchins served as the Chamber of Commerce president, where she started a military affairs committee and worked to make the city more attractive to a wide array of businesses investors.

She partnered with the U.S. Army and state, local and private-sector officials in Kansas to market the city to defense contracting firms across the country. Leavenworth and the surrounding Leavenworth County are home to a major Army base and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

She describes her decision to join The Washington Times as a natural next step in her career.

“We love the D.C. area, and when I was looking for a job in the private sector, I wanted to ensure I went to work for a growing organization and a team I could grow with,” she said. “That’s why I think The Washington Times is such a good fit for me. It’s a solid organization with roots in the community, but with a lot of opportunity for growth. And I couldn’t ask for a better team of professionals to work with. I’m really looking forward to seeing where we can take The Washington Times together.”

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