Writing | Editing | Media Outreach | PR Strategy

About Us

Onley Communications, headquartered in Frederick, MD, is a small, woman-owned writing, editing and media relations boutique founded by Dawn Onley, who has both journalism and public relations expertise. Dawn is an award-winning writer who has written for large, daily newspapers, including The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, where she was once part of a team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She has also served as editor of two military technology magazines, Defense Systems and Military Logistics Forum


As a leading PR and marketing strategist, Dawn has supported businesses, federal agencies and nonprofits, including organizations focused on healthcare, the Department of Defense, advanced technology, privacy and security, modeling and simulation, as well as nonprofits catering to the elderly and children in foster care.

Over a 20+ year career as a reporter and PR consultant, Dawn has covered many industries and beats. She enjoys the versatility of representing a variety of organizations and helping leaders achieve their goals. She has a concise, authoritative writing style that helps clients crystalize their message, promote their products and services, secure media coverage, land speaking opportunities and score awards. 

Onley Communications helps firms find their voice and effectively tell their stories.


Our Core Competencies

  • Interviewing client leaders to determine the stories they need to tell

  • Writing and distributing press releases and media pitches

  • Media relations (compiling targeted media lists, pitching company news, etc.)

  • Social Media Updates

  • Creating and maintaining blogs

  • Nominating clients for awards

  • Finding speaking opportunities and drafting submissions