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Guidelines, Media Contacts and More

The UCF Communications office (formerly News & Information) can assist the media with news stories, requests for faculty experts and more. As part of our mission, we are committed to honestly representing the university in all areas in accordance with UCF’s values of integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence.

For most topics, the best contacts for the media are below. Our office’s main telephone number is 407-823-5828, and our breaking news number is 407-823-5300. If you are a member of the media, you can receive news releases from our office. Email Rachel Williams at [email protected] to join our media list. Please provide your media affiliation and any specific beats or reporting interests.

MOST UNIVERSITY TOPICS

**Please note that media relations team members are working remotely at the current time. Email is the preferred method of contact. Voicemails left on office phone lines may not be accessible to team members.**

Heather Smith
Director of Media Relations
Cell: 850-251-7260
[email protected]

Rachel Williams
Media Relations Coordinator
Cell: 321-443-3284
[email protected]

Anthony Moore
Communications Coordinator
Cell: 407-912-3128
[email protected]

PRESIDENT’S OFFICE/BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chad Binette
Assistant Vice President
Cell: 407-247-8777
[email protected]

UCF PUBLIC SAFETY TOPICS

Courtney Gilmartin
Director and PIO
Breaking News: 407-823-5300
[email protected]

Amanda Sellers
Public Safety Communications Coordinator
Desk: 407.823.2833
[email protected]

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

Mark Schlueb
Director
Cell: 407-399-8352
[email protected]

RESEARCH AND GRADUATE STUDIES

Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala
Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Communications
Office of Research and Graduate Studies
Desk: 407-823-6120
[email protected]

COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Wendy Spirduso Sarubbi
Assistant Vice President
Desk: 407-266-1418
[email protected]

PROVOST’S OFFICE

Joe Adams
Senior Communications Director
Desk: 407-823-1825
[email protected]

UCF DOWNTOWN

Jamie Giller
Communications and Marketing Director
Desk: 407-823-2474
[email protected]

UCF ATHLETICS

John Heisler
Mobile: 407-823-2729
[email protected]

For a complete list of UCF Athletics Communications staff members and their beats, visit http://ucfknights.com/staff.aspx and go to the Communications section.

Faculty Experts

UCF has faculty experts and researchers available for comment and interviews on wide array of topics, including:

  • State and national politics
  • Symptoms and treatment of PTSD in military members, first responders and civilians
  • Space exploration and research
  • Florida’s environmental challenges
  • Simulation and training
  • Puerto Rico/Hispanic issues
  • The economy
  • Health and medicine
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Innovations in online teaching
  • Diversity and equity in professional sports
  • Crisis management and workplace violence

To request an interview with a faculty member, please contact the UCF media relations team.

Reporting and Filming on Campus

UCF welcomes news media to its public campuses: the main campus in east Orange County, UCF Downtown in the Orlando business district, a health sciences campus in Lake Nona and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management located in the tourism hub. Most exterior areas are accessible to reporters and photographers. All members of the media, however, are encouraged to contact UCF Communications at 407-823-5828 prior to filming or photographing on campus. Access may be denied or limited during an emergency or other situations when unrestricted media access may become disruptive.

The UCF Communications office can provide high-quality B-roll and photographs of the campus to media. Prior clearance is required to conduct interviews, film or photograph inside campus buildings, residence halls and classrooms, or any other area that is restricted. Please call 407-823-5828 for assistance from UCF Communications staff.

Commercial, private, documentary or student crews interested in filming on campus (whether indoors or outdoors) also should call 407-823-5828 for guidelines. Crews are encouraged to call several weeks in advance. In many cases, a location agreement must be signed and proof of insurance provided. UCF Communications may also request to review scripts for those portions of the production that would take place on campus. UCF assesses each filming request to determine any potential impact to operations. Filming that could interrupt learning, obstruct student access to facilities or campus services, or pose a distraction to other campus activities, may be declined. Additionally, filming inside areas or facilities that require additional staff support due to the location and/or the presence of specialized equipment could assess a cost. Filming that depicts criminal activity, weapons, physical altercations, violence, the threat of violence, or the aftermath of violence are typically prohibited in order to minimize the potential disruption to campus.

UCF’s COVID-19 protocols encourage campus visitors to wear face coverings at all times, whether indoors or outdoors, as well as to complete the COVID Self-Checker prior to arriving on campus. Additional restrictions and capacity limitations may apply to campus research labs.

Parking and Directions

Everyone who parks on UCF’s campus must display a valid parking permit. Media in unmarked vehicles are required to display a special “media” hang tag, which may be picked up at the UCF Communications office before arriving on campus. Marked television trucks are not required to carry the “media” decal, as their vehicle is considered a valid permit.

Media can park in any lot on campus, excluding fire lanes, handicapped spaces or reserved parking spots. Media parking permits also are not valid in metered parking spaces.

Permits picked up at the UCF Communications office must be returned upon leaving campus. For pick-up and return, we are located at in the Communications and Marketing division office at 12443 Research Parkway, Suite 301, in the Central Florida Research Park, adjacent to campus. Click for a campus map.

For directions to UCF’s main campus, click here.

Public Records Requests

The State of Florida has the broadest public records and open meeting laws in the country. Since the University of Central Florida is a public university, most of the activities and materials of our work fall under Florida’s “sunshine” laws.

All media requests for public records should go through the UCF Communications office, where we’ll be happy to assist you.

There are some exceptions to the public records laws. Proprietary information regarding research, patents and licensing is exempt. Donors who choose to remain anonymous have the right to do so. Student information, other than that considered “directory” information, may not be disclosed. Social Security numbers and some employee evaluative material are also exempt from the public records law.