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 UW School of Medicine, call 206-543-3620.

Victor Balta


Victor Balta, assistant vice president for media relations / University Spokesperson
balta@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Media contact for UW administration issues

Michelle Ma


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

Media contact for fisheries, forestry, environmental science, Puget Sound, marine policy, Friday Harbor Laboratories, urban horticulture.

Hannah Hickey


Hannah Hickey, assistant director
hickeyh@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Media contact for atmospheric science, oceanography, polar science, climate change, weather, geology, seismology.

Kim Eckart


Kim Eckart, assistant director
| 206-543-2580

Media contact for social sciences, including psychology, anthropology, education, political science, public policy, law, built environments.

Sarah McQuate


Sarah McQuate, senior public information officer
| 206-543-2580

Media contact for Information School, the Center for Neurotechnology, aeronautics and astronautics, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, human-centered design, industrial and systems engineering.


James Urton, public information officer
jurton@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Media contact for physical and life sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics; also bioengineering, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, the Clean Energy Institute, the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, the Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems, the eScience Institute.


Jackson Holtz


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

Media contact for major university initiatives, programs and gifts

Jake Ellison


Jake Ellison, public information officer
| 206-543-2580

Media contact for nursing, public health, dentistry, pharmacy and the Population Health Initiative.

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Lauren Kirschman, public information officer
lkirsc@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Media contact for economics, business, communications, arts, humanities, history and world affairs.

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Misty Shock Rule, public information specialist
mistysr@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Tracks news coverage of the UW. Editor of UW Notebook, which includes campus stories of faculty and staff achievements, honors and other news of note.


Kiyomi Taguchi


Kiyomi Taguchi, videographer
| 206-543-2580

Illustrates the office’s stories with videos, both for the university’s purposes and for use by external media.

Rebecca Gourley


Rebecca Gourley, digital content producer
rgourley@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Social media, daily UW Today newsletter, data stories and projects, and the UW News website.

UW Medicine Newsroom

mediarelations@uw.edu | 206-543-3620

The central media relations office for 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 all entities of UW Medicine, and a variety of research institutes and service programs. Learn more at newsroom.uw.edu.