Bruce Hight is a senior vice president with Hill + Knowlton Strategies, as well as senior advisor with Public Strategies Inc., an entity of Hill + Knowlton. He joined Public Strategies in 2009 after a 37-year career as a newspaper reporter and editorial writer. His current work with clients focuses primarily on media relations and public affairs. At the Austin American-Statesman, where he worked for 32 years, Hight covered a variety of beats and issues, but most involved government and politics, including city, county, state and federal government elected bodies, agencies and elections. After 25 years as a reporter, Hight moved over to the Statesman’s Editorial Board, where he helped shape the newspaper’s official stance on a wide variety of issues, from presidential election endorsements to subjects of strictly local interest. But probably the most fun he had covering a story was Elvis Presley’s funeral in 1977.
Although he has deep family roots in Texas and is a native of Dallas, Hight also lived in Massachusetts and then Tennessee while growing up. He majored in journalism at the University of Tennessee, where he was editor of the school’s daily newspaper, The UT Daily Beacon, as a senior and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1972.
Hight is married with two grown children and two grandchildren. His wife, Mary, is a retired R.N.