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
  • Health Sciences News
  • Academic Health Center Office of Communications
  • 612-624-5680
  • Gopher Athletic News
  • Athletic Communications
  • 612-625-4090

University System Campuses

  • University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Andrew Svec
  • Director of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
  • 218-281-8438

University News Service Team Members

Evan Lapiska
Evan Lapiska
Public Relations Director
Contact For
  • Board of Regents
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the General Counsel
Steve Henneberry
Assistant Public Relations Director
Contact For
  • Board of Regents
  • Emergency management (PIO)
  • Public safety
  • Housing & Residential Life
  • Education
  • Equity and diversity
Emmalynn Bauer
Emmalynn Bauer
Public Relations Consultant
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
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
Contact For
  • Law
  • Design
  • Urban development
  • Grad school
  • Architecture
  • Libraries
  • U of M Foundation
  • Alumni Association


College of Liberal Arts, Law
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Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, affiliated faculty member at the Law School.
School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Law School
CLA, Law School
Contact Email:
  • Constitutional law
  • EU data protection
  • First Amendment
  • Free speech
  • Freedom of information
  • Freedom of the press
  • Information privacy
  • Media ethics
  • Media law
  • Media/military relations
  • National security
Human Rights, Law
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Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society; Faculty Director, Human Rights Center
University of Minnesota Law
University of Minnesota Law
Contact Email:
  • International law
  • Human Rights law
  • National security law
  • Transitional justice
  • Feminist legal theory
  • Gender and conflict terrorism and Counter-terrorism Law
  • Practice of occupation
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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
Health Sciences
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Graduate education and research
School of Nursing
Contact Email:
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth
  • Cesarean section
  • Natural birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Post-partum depression
  • Pre-natal care

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.