Sep 19, 2022 - Things to Do

Mercury Public Affairs' Ashley Bauman talks podcasts and audiobooks

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In nearly 20 years working in her field, Ashley Bauman has led crisis communications for the City of Tampa's hurricane response, COVID-19 and a 52-day search for a serial killer β€” just to name a few of her achievements as spokesperson for the city under Mayors Jane Castor and Bob Buckhorn.

  • She left the job last year and is now the senior vice president of Mercury Public Affairs' Tampa office.

We asked Bauman about how she interacts with tech.

🀳🏻 Device of choice: iPhone Pro.

πŸ‘‡ First tap of the day: Outlook.

πŸ—ž Go-to news source: Axios, Florida Politics and the Tampa Bay Times.

🎧 Podcast of choice: "Going West" and "The Moveable Feast."

πŸ“š Reading list: "Any Given Tuesday: A Political Love Story" by Lis Smith, "Greenlights" by Matthew McConaughey and "Verity" by Colleen Hoover.

  • "I'm audiobook-only. I read articles and text ALL day for work so listening is a nice relief for my eyes β€” I also listen in 1.4x speed to power through."

🐦 Most used app: Twitter.

🚨 Inbox zero? Nope. 202,619 email and 474 text notifications. "Don't judge me."

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