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Welcome to the Office of News & Information

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F
Email | 206-543-2580
Fax: 206-685-0658

Office of News and Information
Box 351207
Seattle, WA 98195

The Office of News and Information is the port of entry for journalists who need information about the University of Washington. Our media officers will help you find faculty experts or connect you with newsmakers at the UW.

Note: For news concerning the schools, colleges and units of the health sciences, call 206-543-3620.

Our office is located in the basement of Gerberding Hall, Room B-54. Sometimes called the Administration Building, Gerberding Hall is on Red Square in the heart of campus. (See Map)


Victor Balta Victor Balta, director
balta@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Contact for: Central-administration issues.


Michelle Ma, assistant director
mcma@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Contact for: Fisheries, forestry, watershed/streamside studies, wood products, Puget Sound, marine policy, urban horticulture.

Peter Kelley

Peter Kelley
kellep@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Contact for: Economics, world affairs, political science, public affairs, business, architecture and urban planning, growth issues, library and information science, communications, arts, humanities, history, astrobiology/Virtual Planetary Lab.

Read all stories by Hannah HickeyHannah Hickey
hickeyh@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Contact for: Atmospheric science, oceanography, polar science, climate change, weather, geology, seismology.

Read all stories by Deborah BachDeborah Bach
bach2@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Contact for: Psychology, social work, sociology, law, anthropology, speech and hearing sciences, early entrance/gifted program, geography, women’s studies, American ethnic studies, American Indian studies, education.

Jennifer Langston_JenniferLangston
 | 206-543-2580

Contact for: Engineering departments, including: Aeronautics and astronautics, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, human-centered design, industrial and systems engineering.

James-UrtonJames Urton
jurton@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Contact for: Biology, chemistry, astronomy, physics, math, applied math, statistics, bioengineering, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, Clean Energy Institute, Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute.

Rebecca Gourley, editorial assistant
rgourley@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Rebecca produces the daily “UW in the Media” and “UW Today” emails and manages the @uwnews Twitter account, UW News Facebook page and UW Today home page.

Linda Dodson

Linda Dodson, office manager
ldodson@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Linda Dodson, as the office manager, is responsible for managing the News and Information accounts, including all billings and purchases.

UW Medicine media relations

newsbeat@uw.edu | 206-543-3620

The central media relations office for University of Washington Health Sciences and UW Medicine responds to journalists’ requests for interviews with topic experts and spokespersons, background information, fact-checking, patient condition reports, records requests, filming access, official statements and disaster communications. This group covers the UW schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Social Work, all entities of UW Medicine, and a variety of research institutes and service programs. Learn more at hsnewsbeat.uw.edu.