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NDOT names new spokesperson

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A new spokesperson will be providing the public with state highway updates, the Nevada Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday.

Meg Ragonese was named chief department spokesperson in Northern Nevada. She replaces spokesman Scott Magruder, who retired last month.

Prior to her promotion to public information officer II, Ragonese worked in the NDOT communications office for nearly eight years, overseeing daily updates to the department's Facebook and Twitter accounts and nevadadot.com website visited by more than half a million viewers yearly, as well as coordinating internal communications and providing updates for the department's nearly 1,800 employees. Her work coordinating public traffic safety events and outreach through the state's Zero Fatalities traffic safety campaign garnered a 2012 Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan Award, while one of her guest newspaper editorials was named the nation's best by the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials.

"There is so much that NDOT does daily," Ragonese said. "We design, build and operate new and improved state roads and maintain existing ones through all four seasons, provide updated traffic cameras, 511 road reports and so many other travel technologies; even coordinate pedestrian, bicycle, aviation, transit, freight and other improvements across Nevada. I'm excited to be a part of sharing the news of those important advances with all Nevadans!"

Ragonese previously worked in various casino marketing positions and is a University of Nevada, Reno, journalism graduate.

Follow us on the public can visit the department's nevadadot.com web site for transportation updates, connect through the department's @nevadadot Twitter account or call the (775) 888-7000 phone hotline.

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