Snyder's top PR man Swanson leaving Redskins

Daniel Snyder’s longest-tenured public relations guru is stepping down.

Karl Swanson, the senior vice president of public relations for the Washington Redskins, and an original employee dating back to the time Snyder took over control of the organization in 1999, is leaving on his own accord, the Washington Post reports.

Swanson was viewed as one of the key behind-the-scenes men at Redskins Park, responsible for shaping the team’s image through its PR work. He worked diligently to shield Snyder from the press. While the owner changed coaches often and the club rolled through PR directors even more quickly, Swanson was a rock for Snyder.

Swanson stepped forward when there were major public issues such as uproars over season tickets, parking and other issues. The Redskins are reportedly looking outside the organization to replace Swanson.

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