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Audit Services

Audits City bureaus and programs for efficiency, effectiveness and equity

Phone: 503-823-4005

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 310, Portland, OR 97204

Robert Cowan

Robert Cowan - Public Information Coordinator

BS Journalism

Robert joined the Audit Services Division in 1989, after short stints in other City departments starting in 1987. Prior to coming to the City, he worked as a U.S. Navy public affairs specialist/journalist for four years with assignments in print, broadcasting and public information in Australia and Hawaii. He also spent time in the trust banking field, and ran a part-time administrative and design consulting business for three years.

As the Audit Services Division's Public Information Coordinator, Robert has led the public information, publication, and communication efforts of the division.  He has worked in conjunction with audit staff, the Director of Audit Services, and the elected City Auditor in producing all the division's publications, and in coordinating media and public information efforts about the division's work and audit projects. 

Robert has been the recipient, and along with audit staff the co-recipient, of numerous awards for report design, public information, media relations and marketing/branding work. The most recent awards include: 2017 - two Gold Hermes Creative Awards for publication design, 2016 - two Platinum and three Gold Hermes Creative Awards for publication design, and in 2014 - one Platinum MarCom Award for media relations/response, and two Gold Hermes Creative Awards for publication design.  Between 2012 and 2010 he won five Platinum and five Gold Hermes Awards, and two Platinum and six Gold MarCom Awards .

Robert is a member of the the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA), and the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO).

Robert received a Certification in Public Information in April 2011, from the J. Lindsey Wolf PIO Institute of the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO), following a three-year course of training at annual CAPIO conferences.  

He attended Linfield College for two years, prior to his stint in the Navy. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, where he specialized in Radio/TV News, and served a one-year internship at the Eugene, Oregon ABC affiliate KEZI-TV. Robert is also a graduate of of the Department of Defense, Defense Information School's (DINFOS) joint military journalist/public affairs specialist course.