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

Director of Public Relations
  • PR team oversight
  • Board of Regents
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • U of M Foundation
  • Data Practices Act requests 
Assistant Director of Public Relations
  • Police and public safety 
  • Emergency management (PIO)
  • Admissions
  • University operations
  • Engineering and technology
  • Data Practices Act requests
Public Relations Consultant
  • Transportation studies
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Northrop
  • Institutional research
  • Environment
  • University Honors Program
  • Bioethics
  • Clinical affairs 
  • Medical School
  • Advanced studies
  • Weisman Art Museum
Media Relations Consultant
  • Government Relations
  • University of Minnesota Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Natural resources
Public Relations Consultant
  • Student Affairs
  • Education
  • Human development
  • Biological sciences
  • Business and management
  • Public policy
  • Public affairs
  • Data Practices Act requests
Public Relations Consultant
  • Public health
  • Masonic Cancer Center
  • Veterinary medicine
  • The Raptor Center
  • Liberal Arts
  • Provost
  • Global programs
  • Study abroad
  • Spirituality and healing
Internal Communications and Public Relations Consultant
  • Equity and diversity
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Housing and Residential Life
  • Parking and Transportation
Public Relations Consultant
  • Vice President for Research
  • Law
  • Design
  • Urban development
  • Graduate School
  • Architecture
  • Libraries
  • Alumni Association
  • Continuing education

Experts

Education
Regents Professor
College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities

Expertise: Resilience in children; Homeless children; Children in disaster; Children in war; Interventions to promote resilience in children

COVID-19, Health Sciences
Director, Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing
School of Nursing, Twin Cities

Well-being during COVID-19; grief and loss; resilience and well-being; integrative and holistic health; well-being in isolation; managing fear and anxiety; hope during traumatic times.

COVID-19, Public Health
Professor and Interim Division Head
Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health, Twin Cities

Grocery delivery vs. going in the store; delivery handoffs; food contamination; handwashing vs hand sanitizer; prevention of foodborne disease; infectious disease surveillance and outbreak investigation; environment and exposure assessment; nutrition and food safety; epidemiology.

 

COVID-19, Public Health
Associate Professor
School of Public Health, Twin Cities

COVID-19 modeling; community spread; infectious disease; transmission; social distancing.

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.