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June 4, 1998
Barbara Zelon
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone 281/483-5111)

Release: J98-17

Campion Named to Head Johnson Space Center Media Relations Area

Edward S. Campion has been named chief of the Operations and Program Support Branch, Office of Public Affairs, at the Johnson Space Center.

The Operations and Program Support Branch oversees media relations, video and television production and still photography production activities at JSC. Campion previously served as chief of news operations within the branch and replaces John Lawrence, who retired from NASA on April 3. Campion has served as acting branch chief since that date.

Campion has extensive experience in national media relations, government and community relations with more than 15 years of experience in NASA public affairs. He worked at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. From May 1982 until November 1996 when he transferred to JSC. His responsibilities in Washington included serving as the Headquarters Public Affairs Officer for the Office of Space Flight from November 1989 to November 1996 during which time he coordinated agency PAO strategy for almost 50 Space Shuttle missions.

From late 1984 to January 1986, he served as the lead public affairs spokesperson for NASA’s Teacher in Space Project, coordinating media activity during the TSP national selection process. Following the selection of Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan as prime and backup candidates, Campion continued overseeing TSP public affairs during mission training in preparation for the launch of Challenger on Mission STS 51-L. Following the Challenger accident,. Campion was a part of the NASA team supporting the Rogers Commission.

Campion is a native of Virginia. He graduated from Annandale High School, Annandale, Virginia in 1977 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA in 1981. He is a also a former Director and Vice President with the Arlington Virginia Junior Chamber of Commerce.


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