Alan Upchurch joined Marx Layne & Co. in 2003 and leads our media training team. He has extensive client service experience in real estate, financial services, health care, as well as non-profit corporations and strategic public affairs. Upchurch provides clients with effective strategies to meet their marketing and public relations goals with expertise in media relations, focused communications planning, writing, and crisis management.
Upchurch spent 24 years in television news as a photographer, writer, producer, and newsroom executive including 22 years at ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Detroit working as a daily news producer, special events supervisor and News Director. This vast news experience serves him well. Many years of daily performance under fire brings a unique understanding of hard and fast deadlines, the importance of working quickly and accurately, and the knowledge of the interview process from the perspective of a reporter.
Upchurch is a 5-time Emmy award winner. He graduated with a BA in Communications from Michigan State University.