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
  • Gopher Athletic News
  • Athletic Communications
  • 612-625-4090
  • gophers@umn.edu

University System Campuses

  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • Randy Sands
  • Interim Director of Communications
  • 320-589-6414
  • rsands@morris.umn.edu
  • 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
  • Emergency management (PIO)
  • Public Safety
Emmalynn Bauer
Emmalynn Bauer
Assistant Director of Public Relations
612-626-1720
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
  • Northrop
Lacey Nygard
Lacey Nygard
Assistant Director of Public Relations
612-625-0552
Contact For
  • Police and public safety 
  • Emergency management (PIO)
  • Health sciences
  • Admissions
  • University operations
  • Housing & Residential Life
  • Transportation Studies
  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Engineering and technology
Caitlin Hurley
Caitlin Hurley
Public Relations Consultant
612-624-1690
Contact For
  • Student Affairs
  • Provost
  • Education
  • Human development
  • Environment
  • Biological sciences
  • Business and management
  • Public policy
  • Public affairs
Patrick Stumpf
Patrick Stumpf
Public Relations Consultant
612-624-2801
Contact For
  • Law
  • Design
  • Urban development
  • Graduate School
  • Architecture
  • Libraries
  • U of M Foundation
  • Alumni Association

Experts

Public Policy
Ragui Assaad
Professor
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
612-625-4856
Contact Email:
  • Arab Spring
  • Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Youth in the Middle East
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
Health Sciences
Photo of Professor Melissa Avery
Professor
Graduate education and research
School of Nursing
612-624-5933
Contact Email:
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth
  • Cesarean section
  • Natural birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Post-partum depression
  • Pre-natal care
Environment
Marla Spivak
Professor
Department of Entomology
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
612-624-4798
Contact Email:
  • Bee breeding
  • Bees
  • Colony Collapse Disorder (bee health)
  • Floral landscapes for bees

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.