My name is Parker Wishik.
I’m a 26-year-old communicator hailing from Ocean Springs, Mississippi and living in Washington, D.C. The Gulf Coast is where I call home, but I have been quite the traveler in my day. I was born in Augusta, Georgia and lived for a long time in Charleston, South Carolina, where much of my family still lives. I’ve also lived in Montgomery, Alabama and, for a brief time, the Space Coast of Florida.
I consider Louisiana my adopted second home, having lived, worked and played there for six years. I earned my B.A. in Mass Communication from LSU in 2009 and stayed in Baton Rouge for two years afterward, working as a public relations account executive for Creative Communications, Inc. and also as a freelance journalist.
In 2011 I moved to Washington, D.C., where I currently live, to pursue a M.A. in Political Communication at American University. I served as president of the AU School of Public Affairs Graduate Student Council and sat on the AU Board of Trustees’ Communications Committee before completing my degree in 2013.
Professionally, I have a strong background in communications, having done work in traditional and digital public relations, grassroots coalition building and issues management, political campaigns, graphic design and digital/social media integration. I’m a very strong writer with a journalistic background – I wrote news and sports for The Daily Reveille at LSU and freelanced at multiple publications.
I am a HUGE sports fan, as you may have guessed. I religiously root on my Atlanta Braves, New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers, New Orleans Pelicans and Team USA in all Olympic and international sports. Curling is my jam. Haven’t heard of it? Watch this. Oh and don’t challenge me to baseball trivia contests – I will soundly defeat you. I also love movies (and quoting them), kayaking, cooking, Southern food and culture (especially REAL sweet tea), pretty much all food, travel and learning about international cultures, history, trivia, writing and talking with people about pretty much anything.
You’ll find a lot of different material here on my site, and the design is ever-changing. I am interested in pretty much everything (not hyperbole), including all of the above topics. I want this website to be an informational source but also a hub for communication and idea exchange, so I encourage any and all readers to comment and stoke the conversation!