Media Relations

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Media relations team members serve as primary contacts for the media. Communication managers collect and share Pitt news with the press and gather information for the University’s news service, Pittwire. Communication managers also provide strategic communications guidance to assigned schools and departments. The press is encouraged to contact news representatives to interview experts in a variety of fields.

The Pitt Health Sciences/UPMC and Athletics news teams handle media relations for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Schools of Health Sciences and Pitt intercollegiate sports.

University News Team | Pitt Health Sciences/UPMC News Team | Athletics News Team

Director of Media Relations

Joseph Miksch

Director, Media Relations and University Spokesperson


Office of General Counsel, Office of Public Safety, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost

University News Team

Amerigo Allegretto

Communications Specialist


Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences administration, Office of Research, Center for Research and Computing, and assistance of the primary media teams for Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering (Paul Kovich/Swanson School) and the Schools of the Health Sciences.

NOTE: Please contact the Pitt Health Sciences/UPMC News Team for media inquiries about the Schools of the Health Sciences — including the School of Dental Medicine, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Graduate School of Public Health.

Kimberly Barlow

Communications Manager


Admissions and Financial Aid, Community and Government Relations, Computing Services and Systems Development, Innovation, Institutional Advancement, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Office of Facilities Management

Sharon Blake

Communications Manager


Center for American Music, Center on Race and Social Problems, Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy, Film Studies, Heinz Chapel, History, History of Art and Architecture, Music, School of Law, School of Social Work, Stephen Foster Memorial, Studio Arts, Theater Arts, University Art Gallery, University Center for International Studies, University Library System, Urban Studies

Micaela Fox Corn

Communications Specialist


Center for Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Psychology, Student Affairs

Deborah Todd

Communications Manager


Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology and Environmental Science, History & Philosophy of Science, Institute for Cyber Law-Policy-Security, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, School of Computing and Information, Statistics

Kevin Zwick

Communications Manager


Center for National Preparedness, College of General Studies, Department of Communication, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Institute of Politics, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, University Honors College

Athletics News Team

E.J. Borghetti
Executive Associate Athletic Director, Media Relations
Casey Bonk
Assistant Director of Media Relations (VB, WGYM, SB)
Kelly Dumrauf
Assistant Director of Media Relations (BASE, WSOC)
Jason Griffith
Director of Digital Media
Julie Jurich
Assistant Director of Media Relations (MSOC, WRES, WTEN), Social Media Coordinator
Matt Plizga
Assistant Athletic Director of Media Relations (MBB)
Michaela Ramicone
Assistant Director of Digital Media
R.J. Sepich
Assistant Director of Media Relations (2FB, S&D)
Jane Vardzel
Social Media Assistant Coordinator
Carly Weisenbach
Director of Media Relations (WBB, XC, T&F)
Celeste Welsh
Media Relations Coordinator