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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 to join our media list. Please provide your media affiliation and any specific beats or reporting interests.


**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

Rachel Williams
Media Relations Coordinator
Cell: 321-443-3284

Anthony Moore
Communications Coordinator
Cell: 407-912-3128


Chad Binette
Assistant Vice President
Cell: 407-247-8777


Courtney Gilmartin
Director and PIO
Breaking News: 407-823-5300

Amanda Sellers
Public Safety Communications Coordinator
Desk: 407.823.2833



Mark Schlueb
Cell: 407-399-8352


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


Wendy Spirduso Sarubbi
Assistant Vice President
Desk: 407-266-1418


Joe Adams
Senior Communications Director
Desk: 407-823-1825


Jamie Giller
Communications and Marketing Director
Desk: 407-823-2474


John Heisler
Mobile: 407-823-2729

For a complete list of UCF Athletics Communications staff members and their beats, visit 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 campus in east Orange County. 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. UCF’s main campus is best recognized for its picturesque Reflecting Pond, next to the Library. See parking guidelines and directions.

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 and student crews interested in filming on campus also should call 407-823-5828 for guidelines. Crews are encouraged to call several weeks ahead if they wish to film inside campus buildings, residence halls or classrooms. Proposals for filming commercials or television shows on campus or affiliated with UCF must be approved by the university. Scripts that contain references to UCF may require review by university departments, including the General Counsel’s Office.

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.