Missouri Attorney General, Andrew Bailey, announced that he has recruited Branden Rathert to serve as deputy communications director.
“Branden has a wealth of communications experience, and I am excited he is bringing those skills to our team at the Attorney General’s Office,” Bailey said. “He will be an incredible asset as we work to serve all six million Missourians.”
Rathert brings 30 years of experience as a radio talk show host. Most notably, he has served as head host of “Wake Up Mid-Missouri” since September 2015. Before that, he served as a talk show host and program director for morning radio shows in Florida, Idaho, Illinois, and Indiana.
Rathert studied at St. Louis Community College and Southeast Missouri State University. He received his radio broadcasting certification from the St. Louis Broadcasting Center in 1992.
“I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to add to the incredibly passionate team at the Attorney General’s Office,” Rathert said. “I look forward to assisting Attorney General Bailey in protecting the Constitution and serving Missourians.”
Throughout his career, he has won Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards for documentaries on homelessness, SWAT teams, his reporting on the Gulf Coast oil spill, the Sandy Hook shooting, and the Gulf Coast floods of 2014.
He was nominated by the Missouri Broadcasters Association for “Talk Show of the Year” in 2016. He has also hosted the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast as an emcee for the last two years.