Contact University News Service

The News Service is the entry point for journalists who need information about the University of Minnesota.

  • Location
  • University News Service
  • Office of University Relations
  • 3 Morrill Hall
  • 100 Church Street SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455
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  • Contact
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F
  • unews@umn.edu
  • 612-624-5551
  • After hours line (for emergencies only): (612) 293-0831
  • Health Sciences News
  • Academic Health Center Office of Communications
  • 612-624-5680
  • ahcmedia@umn.edu
  • Gopher Athletic News
  • Athletic Communications
  • 612-625-4090
  • gophers@umn.edu

University System Campuses

  • University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Andrew Svec
  • Director of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
  • 218-281-8438
  • asvec@crk.umn.edu

University News Service Team Members

Evan Lapiska
Evan Lapiska
Public Relations Director
612-625-7134
Contact For
  • Board of Regents
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the General Counsel
Henneberry
Steve Henneberry
Assistant Public Relations Director
612-624-1690
Contact For
  • Board of Regents
  • Emergency management (PIO)
  • Public safety
  • Housing & Residential Life
  • Education
  • Equity and diversity
Emmalynn Bauer
Emmalynn Bauer
Public Relations Consultant
612-626-1720
Contact For
  • Government relations
  • Student Affairs
  • Provost
  • Office of the Vice President for Research
  • Liberal Arts
  • Human Resources
  • Global Programs
  • Study abroad
  • Northrop
Lacey Nygard
Lacey Nygard
Public Relations Consultant
612-625-0552
Contact For
  • Research (non-health related)
  • Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Transportation Studies
  • Agriculture
  • Natural resources
  • Environment
  • Business school
  • Management
  • Public policy
  • Public affairs
  • Admissions
Patrick Stumpf
Patrick Stumpf
Public Relations Consultant
612-624-2801
Contact For
  • Law
  • Design
  • Urban development
  • Grad school
  • Architecture
  • Libraries
  • U of M Foundation
  • Alumni Association

Experts

Education
Nicole M. LaVoi
Senior Lecturer and Associate Director
Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
College of Education and Human Development
612-626-6055
Contact Email:
  • Coach behavior and its impacts on athletes, ethics, and women in coaching
  • Sportsmanship and/or bad behavior of athletes
  • Sport parent behavior on youth sport sidelines
  • Sport participation and gender equity
  • Benefits for girls and women in sport, gender equity
  • Media coverage of female athletes
Environment
Photo of Director/IonE Jessica Hellmann
Director/IonE
Professor in the Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
College of Biological Sciences
(612) 625-3951
Contact Email:
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Biogeography
  • Natural resource management
  • Conservation biology
  • Population genetics
Public Policy
Eric P. Schwartz
Dean
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
612-625-5370
Contact Email:
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • International humanitarian affairs
  • Refugees
  • Human rights and rule of law
  • Global crises
  • The United Nations
Education
Kyla L. Wahlstrom
Senior Research Fellow
College of Education and Human Development
612-624-1890
Contact Email:
  • School leadership
  • Educational reform policies
  • Later school start times
  • Teens and sleep
  • Teacher professional development

General Media Guidelines

The University of Minnesota welcomes media to our campus. We encourage members of the media who plan to be on campus to notify the News Service so it can help facilitate the visit. Call (612) 624-5551.

As a public institution, the University is an open and public place that provides the news media reasonable access to campus. However, the University may regulate media access so as not to disrupt teaching or research, to protect the health and safety of students and staff, to protect the privacy of students and others who live on campus, and to comply with state and federal laws on student and personnel data.

The following guidelines pertain to media access to University of Minnesota owned or controlled property. These guidelines pertain to any individual or group conducting interviews, making audio or video recordings, or taking photographs for dissemination to the public via commercial or non-commercial news and information outlets, including the Internet.

See "filming on campus" for policies regarding commercial, non-news productions.

Book a Live Shot

U of M experts have immediate access to global networks using our ReadyCam® studio, located on the Twin Cities campus. The studio enables experts to appear on live TV at a moments' notice without traveling to a network studio.

Equipped with broadcast lighting, fiber optic and satellite capabilities and a robotic camera, the studio is remotely controlled by VideoLink professionals who coordinate all aspects of the live shot.

Contact University News Service, at 612-624-5551 or unews@umn.edu, to book an interview.

Public Records Request

The University News Service, in conjunction with the Office of Records and Information Management, handles requests by reporters and those affiliated with news organizations for information and/or documents under the Minnesota Data Practices Act. Requests should be submitted via the University's Data Request Center. Requests should be as specific as possible and also specify the news organization with which you are affiliated.

For more information on the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, visit the Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Visit the University Policy Library for the administrative policy on Public Access to University Information.