Meet the Twin Cities Public Relations Team

Contact Twin Cities PR

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

University Public Relations
Office of University Relations
3 Morrill Hall
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F
Email: unews@umn.edu
Phone: 612-624-5551
After hours line (for emergencies only): 612-293-0831

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

Contact System Campus PR

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Crookston Campus

Brandy Chaffee
218-281-8434
brandy@crk.umn.edu

Duluth Campus

Lynne Williams
218-726-6141
lwilliam@d.umn.edu

Morris Campus

Allison Friedly
320-589-6414
frie0093@morris.umn.edu

Rochester Campus

Molly Olson
507-258-8690
sjoqu032@r.umn.edu

Jake Ricker - Director of Public Relations

Jake Ricker

Director of Public Relations
Areas of focus:

PR team oversight, Board of Regents, Office of the President, Office of the General Counsel, U of M Foundation, Data Practices Act requests 

Lacey Nygard - Assistant Director of Public Relations

Lacey Nygard

Assistant Director of Public Relations
Areas of focus:

Police and public safety, Emergency management (PIO), Admissions, University operations, Engineering and technology, Data Practices Act requests

Katrinna Dodge - Public Relations Consultant

Kat Dodge

Public Relations Consultant
Areas of focus:

Transportation studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Northrop, Institutional research, Environment, University Honors Program, Bioethics, Clinical affairs, Medical School, Advanced studies, Weisman Art Museum

Devin Henry - Media Relations Consultant

Devin Henry

Media Relations Consultant
Areas of focus:

Government Relations, University of Minnesota Extension, Agriculture, Natural resources

Caitlin Hurley - Public Relations Consultant

Caitlin Hurley

Public Relations Strategist
Areas of focus:

Student Affairs, Boynton Health, Education, Human development, Biological sciences, Business and management, Public policy, Public affairs, Data Practices Act requests

Katie Ousley - Public Relations Consultant

Katie Ousley

Public Relations Strategist
Areas of focus:

Public health, Masonic Cancer Center, Veterinary medicine, The Raptor Center, Liberal Arts, Provost, Global programs, Study abroad, Spirituality and healing

Meagan Pierluissi - Internal Communications and Public Relations Consultant

Meagan Pierluissi

Internal Communications and Public Relations Strategist
Areas of focus:

Equity and diversity, Information Technology, Human Resources, Housing and Residential Life, Parking and Transportation

Brad Robideau - National Media Relations Consultant

Brad Robideau

National Media Relations Consultant
Areas of focus:

National media relations, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

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Patrick Stumpf

Public Relations Consultant
Areas of focus:

Vice President for Research, Law, Design, Urban development, Graduate School, Architecture, Libraries, Alumni Association, Continuing education