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
  • 612-624-5551
  • After hours line (for emergencies only): (612) 293-0831
  • Gopher Athletic News
  • Athletic Communications
  • 612-625-4090

University System Campuses

  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • Randy Sands
  • Interim Director of Communications
  • 320-589-6414
  • University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Andrew Svec
  • Director of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
  • 218-281-8438

University News Service Team Members

Emmalynn Bauer
Emmalynn Bauer
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Contact For
  • Board of Regents
  • Government relations
  • Equity and diversity
  • Office of the Vice President for Research
  • Liberal Arts
  • Human Resources
  • Global Programs
  • Study abroad
Lacey Nygard
Lacey Nygard
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Contact For
  • Police and public safety 
  • Emergency management (PIO)
  • Health Sciences
  • Admissions
  • University operations
  • Housing & Residential Life
  • Parking and Transportation
  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Engineering and technology
Katrinna Dodge
Katrinna Dodge
Public Relations Consultant
Contact For
  • Transportation studies
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Northrop
  • Information Technology
  • Institutional research
Devin Henry
Devin Henry
Media Relations Consultant
University Relations
Contact For
  • University of Minnesota Extension
Caitlin Hurley
Caitlin Hurley
Public Relations Consultant
Contact For
  • Student Affairs
  • Dentistry
  • Provost
  • Education
  • Human development
  • Environment
  • Biological sciences
  • Business and management
  • Public policy
  • Public affairs
  • Spirituality and healing
Katie Ousley
Katie Ousley
Public Relations Consultant
Contact For
  • Public health
  • Human resources
  • Masonic Cancer Center
  • Veterinary medicine
  • The Raptor Center
  • Liberal Arts
  • Provost
Patrick Stumpf
Patrick Stumpf
Public Relations Consultant
Contact For
  • Law
  • Design
  • Urban development
  • Graduate School
  • Architecture
  • Libraries
  • Alumni Association
  • Continuing education


Expert, Health Sciences
Joshua Hou
Ophthalmologist and assistant professor
University of Minnesota Health and University of Minnesota Medical School
University of Minnesota Health, University of Minnesota Medical School
(612) 626-1442
Contact Email:
  • Ophthalmology 
  • Eye conditions
Jeff Hahn
Extension Entomologist
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Contact Email:
  • Insects found in gardens
  • Insects found in landscapes
  • Insects found in homes
Photo of Director, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, Institute on the Environment Timothy Smith
Director, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, Institute on the Environment
Professor, Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Contact Email:
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Environmental Accounting/Footprinting
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability
  • Food Supply Chains
  • Electricity Markets & Pricing
  • Bioenergy
Public Policy
Photo of Copyright Program Librarian Nancy Sims
Copyright Program Librarian
Content & Collections
University Libraries
Contact Email:
  • Copyright law
  • Copyright issues in academic publishing
  • Copyright issues in higher ed and K12 teaching
  • Public interest intellectual property law
  • Trademark, patent, music & media copyright, downloading, piracy, and infringement
  • Google Books
  • Fair use
  • Creative Commons
  • Open licensing

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, 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.