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VCU News is produced by University Public Affairs, along with the twice-weekly VCU Newsletter and daily TelegRAM. University Public Affairs — part of the Division of University Relations — is the public relations arm of the university, leading the news and public information efforts of VCU and VCU Health.

University Public Affairs

Grace Street Center
912 West Grace Street
Box 842041
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2041
Phone: (804) 828-1231
Fax: (804) 828-2018
Email: vcunews@vcu.edu

If you have questions, comments or a story idea, email vcunews@vcu.edu.

Staff

Contact information for VCU News staff is listed below, along with contact details for additional public relations contacts across the university and the rest of the University Public Affairs staff.

For media inquiries, contact one of the University Public Affairs staff members below. The news topics they are responsible for are included on their bio pages. Members of the media should call or text (804) 418-0174 to reach an on-call public affairs staff member for emergency requests outside of regular business hours. See more information and guidelines for media.

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  • Michael R. Porter, APR
  • Associate vice president for publicaffairs

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  • Esther Benenson
  • News editor for VCU Health

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  • Mary Kate Brogan
  • Public relations specialist

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  • Corey Byers
  • Senior public relations specialist

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  • Pauline Clay
  • Copy editor

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  • Dedrain Davis
  • Public relations coordinator

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  • Elinor Frisa
  • VCU homepage manager

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  • Tom Gresham
  • Director of news operations

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  • James Irwin
  • News editor

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  • Brian McNeill
  • Senior public relations specialist

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  • Danielle Pierce
  • Assistant director for public affairs, VCU Health

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  • Laura Rossacher
  • Director for public affairs, VCU Health

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  • James Shea
  • Writer

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  • Joan Tupponce
  • Writer

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  • Leila Ugincius
  • Senior public relations specialist

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  • Dina Weinstein
  • Writer

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These staff members are responsible for public relations in specialized areas across VCU at the college, school and unit level.

These staff members specialize in social media and other areas within University Public Affairs.

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  • Jennifer Carmean
  • Director of communications for university initiatives

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  • Michele Howell
  • FOIA officer

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  • Pat Kane
  • Social media strategist

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  • Jack Norton
  • TelegRAM editor/writer

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  • Saher Randhawa
  • Social media content strategist

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  • Tristana Nesvig Trani
  • Director of social strategy and integration

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For the media

Faculty experts

Searching for a subject matter expert? Email vcunews@vcu.edu and we can put you in touch with the right professor for your needs.

Our public relations staff members are here to assist journalists and members of the media as they cover stories and people at VCU and VCU Health. We are a 24-hour operation, and you can call or text (804) 418-0174 to reach an on-call public affairs staff member for emergency requests outside of regular business hours. Please adhere to the guidelines below.

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Division of University Relations
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