Our Approach

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Knox Communications helps clients plan and implement a wide variety of communications projects that cannot be handled completely with internal staff.  By working with us, they avoid the overhead and high prices associated with larger agencies.

Based in San Francisco, but serving clients throughout the country, Knox Communications brings creative solutions to communications problems. We pride ourselves on high levels of energy and professionalism, underscored by personal attention to the client's needs.

Since our inception, we have taken advantage of excellent relationships with experienced communications specialists to assemble the right team for each job. Using a network of talented, creative associates in research, writing, design, proofreading, photography, social media, web development, video production, and printing, we have amassed terrific results for scores of satisfied clients.


Founded in 1989

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John M. Knox, Principal

John Knox created Knox Communications in 1989. A seasoned professional with more than three decades of public relations and marketing communications expertise, John’s extensive client history ranges from not-for-profit community agencies to Fortune 500 corporations.

Specializing in communications strategy and implementation for clients in the health care industry, John’s areas of expertise include strategic communications planning and counseling, media relations, crisis communications, writing and editing for digital and print, community relations, and editorial project management.

His background includes serving as account supervisor in the San Francisco office of Burson-Marsteller, the world's largest public relations firm at the time. He was a member of the agency's global health care network, and he handled corporate, public affairs, and marketing client accounts.

Previously, John was director of public relations at St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco's largest private hospital. During his seven years at St. Mary's, he created and implemented their first-ever overall public relations plan and counseled senior management in communication strategy on key issues such as AIDS and labor relations.

John’s experience also includes newspaper reporting, book publishing, and university public affairs. He has completed a number of post-graduate and continuing education courses and holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of California, Davis.

In recognition of John's professional abilities, he has earned numerous awards from the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, and the Catholic Health Association. He has served as an expert witness in civil litigation related to health care marketing.

A fifth-generation San Francisco native, John is a past chair of the Public Relations Round Table and the Independent Communicators Round Table. He currently volunteers at the San Francisco Marin Food Bank, and he has held leadership positions for many local non-profit organizations in the past.


John’s bright, warm,
connected and witty.

John was instrumental in securing impressive media coverage and exposure for CAP, and consulted on executive communications initiatives. Should you need a good PR/media pro, I would recommend that you contact John.

Ernest Khirallah
Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications
Cooperative of American Physicians

How to reach us

Knox Communications
Email: email@knoxcommunications.com
Phone: (415) 255-9043
414 Gough Street, Suite 5
San Francisco, CA 94102