About Our Training Team

Positive Communications works with these and other talented trainers around the country.


Sarah Hagen 

Sarah Hagen, a former Emmy award-winning, ten-year veteran TV reporter and anchor, is a senior associate with Positive Communications.  With her decade of experience writing, producing, reporting, and anchoring the news, Sarah helps clients be heard in an age of media overload. She provides strategies and practical tips for business and nonprofit clients.

As a lead news reporter, Sarah covered national stories such as the Boston Marathon bombings, Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and protests over police shootings.  At WCNC-TV the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, NC and WTSP-TV in St. Petersburg /Tampa, FL, Sarah was a breaking news reporter and anchor. She anchored and reported for News 12 Networks - a CNN affiliate in Connecticut.  There she won an Emmy for a feature report in the Health Sciences News category. At CNN in New York, Sarah worked as a news assistant at the national desk and was a researcher for CNN’s show American Morning.  

A graduate of James Madison University, Sarah is a former member of the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a former member of the Associated Press Awards. She also interviewed elected officials, local dignitaries and celebrities for Hamptons Television in her hometown of Southampton, NY.

Stephen Allen

Stephen Allen has provided communications training services for more than 15-years, specializing in message development, media training, public speaking coaching and confrontational debate preparation. Steve has trained spokespersons representing more than 50 ballot campaigns in 12 states on gaming, taxation, environmental, tort reform, telecommunications, mining, health care, stem cell research, governmental reform and deregulation issues. Steve has counseled U. S. presidential and gubernatorial candidates, college presidents, professional athletes, Fortune 500 Company executives, citizen's groups, and non-profit organizations. Steve brings first hand experience, having appeared in interviews and debates on NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, CBS Evening News, and CNN and MSNBC as well as major TV and radio outlets.

Karen Friedman

Karen Friedman has spent 20 years in front of the camera. As a television reporter and anchor, Karen interviewed Presidents, covered thousands of breaking stories from Hurricane Andrew to the Space Shuttle Discovery, reported live from two World Series and has aired reports on all the major networks. She has over ten years of media training experience working with a wide range of corporate and nonprofit clients. Karen also hosts a live television telethon and anchors local election night coverage.

Jim Hall

Jim Hall has been conducting presentation skills coaching and training, media training, crisis communications, and message development for a wide spectrum of clients since 1992. He often does training for IPO road shows, private placement funding pitches, and is used as a vital resource for clients for on-site observations of presentations and feedback. Jim is the former Associate Director of the St. John's University (New York) Speech and Debate Team. During his seventeen years, his team was ranked nationally and won the New York State Championship more than any other school in the state.  Jim's expertise is in the limited prep categories of Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speaking.

Edward Segal

Edward Segal is the author of "Getting Your 15 Minutes of Fame - And More!" and a leading authority on how individuals and organizations can achieve and manage fame and public recognition of their achievements. Ed presents seminars and workshops on how to use media relations and public relations techniques to promote products, services, or expertise. Ed also writes the "Marketing Strategies" column for The Wall Street Journal's Web site for entrepreneurs.

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