UW News

Welcome to the UW News office

Email | 206-543-2580

UW News
Box 351207
Seattle, WA 98195

The UW News office 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.

Victor Balta


Victor Balta, senior director for media relations / University Spokesperson
balta@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Contact for: Central-administration issues.

Michelle Ma


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

Contact for: Fisheries, forestry, Puget Sound, marine policy, Friday Harbor Laboratories, urban horticulture.

Hannah Hickey


Hannah Hickey, public information officer
hickeyh@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

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

Peter Kelley


Peter Kelley, public information officer
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.

James Urton


James Urton, public information officer
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.

Kim Eckart


Kim Eckart, public information officer
| 206-543-2580

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

Jackson Holtz


Jackson Holtz, public information officer
| 206-543-2580

Contact for: General assignment, covering major university initiatives and programs, UW administration and serving as primary backup on research outside of medicine and health sciences.

Sarah McQuate


Sarah McQuate, public information officer
| 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.

Kiyomi Taguchi


Kiyomi Taguchi, videographer
| 206-543-2580


Rebecca Gourley


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

Rebecca tracks news coverage of the UW and produces the daily UW Today email, in addition to managing the @uwnews Twitter account, UW News Facebook page and UW News website.

Linda Dodson


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

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

UW Medicine Newsroom

mediarelations@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 newsroom.uw.edu.