John E. Kramer
Vice President for Communications

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John Kramer is freedom’s PR man.

His strategic media relations work—coupled with IJ’s litigation—has protected homes and small businesses nationwide from eminent domain abuse, and secured the rights of entrepreneurs to earn an honest living when the government sought to shut them out. Kramer’s work in the court of public opinion helped ensure that First Amendment protections were extended to the Internet and he directed the successful PR effort to strike down a federal law that made it a felony to compensate bone marrow donors—a victory that has the potential to save thousands of American lives each year.

Applying market-based principles, he has helped the Institute for Justice personalize, humanize and dramatize its stories of individual liberty to the mainstream media. Kramer directed the media relations in six landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases: 


Kramer lectures nationwide on the fundamentals of media relations, including at the Institute’s conferences. His work has appeared in The Wall Street JournalUSA Today and The New York Times, among other news outlets. His work spotlighting eminent domain abuse was featured by Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes. His media relations work, video script writing and billboard campaigns for the Institute for Justice have earned him some of the top awards given by the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Outdoor Advertising Association of America and other organizations. Kramer was featured as a “Voice of Authority” on public relations and the law in the nation’s leading public relations textbook, “The Practice of Public Relations,” by Fraser Seitel.

Kramer received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from New Mexico State University.  In 2014, NMSU selected him as a distinguished alumnus, an honor given to fewer than 450 alumni since the award’s inception in 1956. He received his graduate training in journalism at the University of Nevada-Reno, where he taught introductory journalism. In his spare time Kramer enjoys working on his versions of the great American novel and oil painting.

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