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

Contact for: Central-administration issues.

Michelle Ma


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

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

Hannah Hickey


Hannah Hickey, senior 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

Writes campus stories of faculty — and staff — achievements, honors and other news of note.

James Urton


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

Contact for: Biology, chemistry, astronomy, astrobiology/Virtual Planetary Lab, physics, mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, bioengineering, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, Clean Energy Institute, Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems, eScience 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, political science, public affairs, architecture and urban planning, real estate.

Jackson Holtz


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

Contact for: General assignment, covering major university initiatives and programs, UW administration; also economics, business, communications, arts, humanities, history and world affairs

Sarah McQuate


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

Contact for: Information School and the following engineering departments: Aeronautics and astronautics, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, human-centered design, industrial and systems engineering.

Jake Ellison


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

Contact for: Schools of nursing, public health, dentistry, pharmacy and the Population Health Initiative.

Kiyomi Taguchi


Kiyomi Taguchi, videographer
| 206-543-2580


Rebecca Gourley


Rebecca Gourley, digital content producer
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.


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.