Charlie's BioCharlie Hannema joined Cornerstone in June 2022, expanding the firm’s public affairs presence to Oklahoma and bringing his 15 years of media and strategic communications experience to the Public Affairs team.
He previously served two years as chief of communications for Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK). In this role, he supervised and managed internal communications staff, other state agency communications teams and contract public relations firms. He guided the Governor, cabinet officials and state agencies through the COVID-19 pandemic and many other sensitive state and national issues. In addition to serving as the Governor’s primary spokesperson, Charlie also acted as the principal speechwriter for the 2021 and 2022 State of the State addresses, expanded the communications team and successfully increased the Governor’s digital footprint.
Prior to working for Gov. Stitt, Charlie served as director of public relations for Broken Arrow Public Schools, one of Oklahoma’s largest suburban school districts. From 2007 through 2017, Charlie was a news and sports anchor for various local TV stations in Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska and Arkansas, including five years at KOTV, the most-watched station in Tulsa. Charlie is a proud Mizzou graduate and resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.