Fitz-Pegado's Progress

As an employee of the Hill & Knowlton PR firm, Lauri Fitz-Pegado helped coach Nayirah, the 15-year-old daughter of Kuwait's ambassadors whose false testimony about Iraqi atrocities helped build public suport for the first U.S. war in the Persian Gulf. Participating in one of the most scandalous PR scams of the 1990s hasn't hurt her career, though. After Operation Desert Storm, she went to work for Iridium LLC, a satellite phone company that went bankrupt a few years later. She now owns her own PR firm, with clients including the government of Egypt, the Pan African New Agency Press and the American Business Women's Alliance. She's also available as a public speaker through Podium Prose, a speakers' bureau with ties to Monsanto and the libertarian Cato Institute.