Contact University Public Relations

Public Relations is the entry point for journalists who need information about the University of Minnesota.

  • Location
  • University Public Relations
  • 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
  • Gopher Athletic News
  • Athletic Communications
  • 612-625-4090
  • gophers@umn.edu

University Campuses

University/Twin Cities Public Relations Team Members

Jake Ricker
Jake Ricker
Director of Public Relations
612-625-7134
  • PR team oversight
  • Board of Regents
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • U of M Foundation
  • Data Practices Act requests 
Emmalynn Bauer
Emmalynn Bauer
Assistant Director of Public Relations
612-626-1720
  • 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
612-625-0552
  • Police and public safety 
  • Emergency management (PIO)
  • Admissions
  • University operations
  • Housing & Residential Life
  • Parking and Transportation
  • Engineering and technology
Katrinna Dodge
Katrinna Dodge
Public Relations Consultant
612-624-4071
  • Transportation studies
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Northrop
  • Institutional research
Devin Henry
Devin Henry
Media Relations Consultant
612-624-4552
  • University of Minnesota Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Natural resources
Caitlin Hurley
Caitlin Hurley
Public Relations Consultant
612-624-1690
  • Student Affairs
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Human development
  • Environment
  • Biological sciences
  • Business and management
  • Public policy
  • Public affairs
  • Spirituality and healing
Katie Ousley
Katie Ousley
Public Relations Consultant
612-624-2449
  • Public health
  • Masonic Cancer Center
  • Veterinary medicine
  • The Raptor Center
  • Liberal Arts
  • Provost
Meagan Pierluissi
Meagan Pierluissi
Internal Communications and Public Relations Consultant
612-624-7403
  • Informational Technology
  • Human Resources
Patrick Stumpf
Patrick Stumpf
Public Relations Consultant
612-624-2801
  • Law
  • Design
  • Urban development
  • Graduate School
  • Architecture
  • Libraries
  • Alumni Association
  • Continuing education

Experts

Education
Photo of Curator Lisa Von Drasek
Lisa Von Drasek
Curator
Children's Literature Research Collections, Archives and Special Collections
University of Minnesota
612-624-4817
  • Children's Literature
  • Literacy pre-k - 8th grade
  • Emergent and Family Literacy
  • Award-winning Children's Books
  • Diversity in Children's Literature
  • Children's Book Publishing
  • Children and Young Adults Reading and Writing
  • Children's Librarianship
Education
Photo of Assistant Professor Amy Krentzman
Amy Krentzman
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
College of Education and Human Development
612-625-​2​312
  • Addiction treatment and recovery
  • Spirituality
  • Gratitude
  • Positive psychology
Expert, Health Sciences
Joshua Hou
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
  • Ophthalmology 
  • Eye conditions
Education
Phot of Professor and Co-Director of the Educational Equity Resource Center Michael Rodriguez
Michael Rodriguez
Professor and Co-Director of the Educational Equity Resource Center
Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
612-624-4324
  • Educational equity
  • Achievement and opportunity gaps
  • Educational testing and assessment
  • Social-emotional learning and youth 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.