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, university spokesperson and assistant vice president for communications

balta@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Media contact for UW administration issues

Hannah Hickey


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

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

Sarah McQuate


Sarah McQuate, assistant director
| 206-543-2580

Media contact for aeronautics and astronautics, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering and bioengineering.

Jackson Holtz


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

Media contact for major university initiatives, programs and gifts, as well as the College of Education and the College of Built Environments.

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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. As well as media contact for the departments of psychology; sociology; anthropology; speech and hearing sciences; geography; gender, women and sexuality studies; American ethnic studies; American Indian studies; political science, and the School of Law.

stefan milne


Stefan Milne, public information officer
stmilne@uw.edu| 206-543-2580

Media contact for computer science and engineering, Information School, human-centered design, statistics and math. Also the contact for research centers focused on clean energy, neurotechnology, data science, nano engineering and molecular engineering.


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

Media contact for the departments of biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy in the College of Arts & Sciences; as well as the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, the UW Friday Harbor Laboratories and the UW Botanic Gardens in the College of the Environment.

alden woods


Alden Woods, public information officer
acwoods@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Media contact for schools of Public Health, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Social Work, and Public Policy & Governance, as well as the Population Health Initiative.

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.


Alex Bartick, digital content producer
| 206-543-2580

Manages social media, and produces the daily UW Today newsletter and UW News website.

Sindu Karunakaran


Sindu Karunakaran, editorial assistant
sindu21@uw.edu | 206-543-2580

Tracks UW mentions in the media and produces daily and weekly newsletters.

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.