Malin T. Jennings, public relations executive

Malin T. Jennings, a retired senior vice president of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, the public relations firm, died Nov. 28 at Capital Caring hospice in Arlington County. She was 57.

The cause was breast cancer, said her husband, Jeffrey Telgarsky. She was a District resident.

Ms. Jennings was a television anchor in Alaska before moving to Washington in 1985 to work as press secretary to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). She was a congressional correspondent for the now-defunct Conus Communications from 1987 to 1991, then spent four years as communications director for the Investment Company Institute, a mutual fund trade organization.

Afterward, she joined Fleishman-Hillard, where she represented companies focusing on carbon policy, sustainability practices and climate-change initiatives as chairwoman of global sustainability communications. She retired in 2008.

Malin Terry Jennings was a native of Groton, Conn., and a 1978 graduate of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

Apart from her Fleishman-Hillard career, Ms. Jennings created in 2006 the Arctic ICCE Project: Inuit Climate Change Ethnographies, which documented the impact of climate change on one of the last hunting villages in northwest Greenland. She spoke about the project at the World Bank, the World Wildlife Fund in Tokyo, the Nordic Council of Ministers conference on climate change and universities.

In 2000 and 2001, she received the Public Relations Society of America’s top honor.

Her first marriage, to Ronald Weitzel, ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Jeffrey Telgarsky of the District; three stepchildren, Vivian Telgarsky of the District, Derek Weitzel of Great Falls, Va., and Jamie Weitzel of Oakmont, Pa.; her mother, Cecile Jennings of Peterborough, N.H.; two sisters; and a brother.

— Samantha Raphelson

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