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, Alumni Association, Data Practices Act requests 

Lacey Nygard - Assistant Director of Public Relations

Lacey Nygard

Assistant Director of Public Relations
Areas of focus:

Public Information Officer, on-campus police and public safety, Emergency Management, Government Relations, finance, Provost and undergraduate education, Admissions, Data Practices Act requests

Rachel Cain - Public Relations Consultant

Rachel Cain

Public Relations Consultant
Areas of focus:

College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), College of Veterinary Medicine and The Raptor Center, Humphrey School, Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), Northrop, Bell Museum, Weisman Art Museum, U of M Alumni Association

Katie Ousley - Public Relations Consultant

Katie Ousley

Internal Communications and PR Strategist
Areas of focus:

University Services, Office of Human Resources and Office of Information Technology

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

Savannah Erdman - Public Relations Consultant

Savannah Erdman

Public Relations Consultant
Areas of focus:

School of Public Health (SPH), College of Science and Engineering (CSE), Masonic Cancer Center, College of Liberal Arts (CLA), Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS), Center for Spirituality and Healing

Talia Milavetz

Areas of focus:
Andria Waclawski - Public Relations Strategist

Andria Waclawski

Public Relations Strategist
Areas of focus:

Carlson School of Management, College of Biological Sciences (CBS), Student Affairs, Greater MN counsel/engagement, Data Practices Act requests