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


Board of Trustees, Office of the Chancellor, General Counsel, Issues Management, Public Safety

University News Team

Amerigo Allegretto

Communications Specialist


Center for Disaster Management, Center for National Preparedness, Center for Research Computing, Swanson School of Engineering, Liaison for 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, School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Public Health.

Kimberly Barlow

Communications Manager


Community and Governmental Relations, Community Engagement, Computing Services and Systems Development, Office of Economic Partnerships, Environmental Health and Safety, Innovation Institute, Institututional Advancement, LifeX/Life Sciences Hub, Operations and Facilities, Sustainability, Technology Management

Sharon Blake

Communications Manager


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

Micaela Fox Corn

Communications Specialist


Admissions, Alumni Association, Anthropology, Financial Aid, Center for Neuroscience, Office of the Provost, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Student Affairs

Margo Shear

Communications Manager


Office of Child Development, School of Education, English, History, Honors College, Languages, Learning Research and Development Center, Linguistics, Nationality Rooms, ROTC, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pittsburgh Press, Center for Urban Education, Office of Veterans Services

Deborah Todd

Communications Manager


Africana Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Gender-Sexuality-Women's Studies, Geology and Environmental Science, History and Philosophy of Science, Institute for Cyber Law-Policy-Security, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, School of Computing and Information, Statistics

Kevin Zwick

Communications Manager


Board of Trustees, Communication, Economics, College of General Studies, Political Science, Institute of Politics, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Issues Management Support, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, University Center for Social and Urban Research

Athletics News Team

E.J. Borghetti
Executive Associate Athletic Director, Media Relations
Kelly Dumrauf
Assistant Director of Media Relations (BASE, WSOC)
Jason Griffith
Director of Digital Media
Cody James
Director of Graphic Design
Julie Jurich
Assistant Director of Media Relations (MSOC, WRES, WTEN), Social Media Coordinator
Matt Keenan
Media Relations Assistant (MSOC, SB, 2MBB)
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)
Louie Spina
Director of Media Relations (WBB, XC, T&F)
Carly Weisenbach
Director of Media Relations (WBB, XC, T&F)
Celeste Welsh
Media Relations Coordinator