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For Journalists

University Communications serves as a resource for print, television and radio journalists. Contact us to connect with a faculty expert, to request an interview with someone on campus, or for information about the university.

Patti Waid - Assistant Vice Chancellor

Patti Waid

Assistant Vice Chancellor

Office: (209) 228-4483
Mobile: (209) 658-4483
pwaid@ucmerced.edu

Responsibilities:

  • Chancellor's Office
  • Provost's Office
  • Campus Budget
  • Campus Planning, Permitting, Design and Construction
  • Economic Development
  • Medical Education
  • Public records requests from media

 

James Leonard - Director of News and Social Media

James Leonard

Director of News and Social Media

Office: (209) 228-4408
Mobile: (209) 681-1061
jleonard3@ucmerced.edu

Responsibilities:

Schools

Institutes/Centers

Other

  • Media Relations
  • Social Media
  • Manager - Freelance writers

 

Lorena Anderson

Assistant News Director

Office: (209) 228-4406
Mobile: (209) 201-6255
landerson4@ucmerced.edu

Responsibilities:

Schools

Centers and Institutes

Other

 

Brenda Ortiz

Senior Public Information Representative

Office: (209) 228-4203
Mobile: (209) 628-8263
bortiz@ucmerced.edu

Responsibilities:

Student Affairs

Other