Media Contacts

If you are a member of the news media working on a story, please contact one of the staff members below.  Not sure which staff member is the best to contact? Please send an email to and the appropriate staff member will respond. 

Candace SmithAssistant Vice President of Media Relations

  • Board of Trustees
  • Offices of the President and Provost
  • General Counsel

Maralee CsellarDirector of Media Relations

  • Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Emergency Management and Safety Services
  • Finance and Treasurer
  • Faculty Affairs
  • Human Resources
  • Online Education

Brett Zongker, Senior Associate Director of Media Relations

  • Development and Alumni Relations
  • Editorial and Long-Lead Planning

Kurtis HiattAssociate Director of Media Relations

  • Campus Development
  • Community Relations
  • Student Affairs
  • Sustainability Initiatives
  • Veterans Initiatives

Jason Shevrin, Media Relations Specialist for Politics, Business and Internationals Affairs

  • Columbian College of Arts and Sciences: Economics, Film Studies, History and Political Science
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Graduate School of Political Management
  • School of Business 
  • School of Media and Public Affairs
  • Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration 

Emily GrebensteinMedia Relations Specialist for Science and Research

  • Columbian College of Arts and Sciences: Social and Physical Sciences
  • Research, Centers and Institutes
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of Nursing
  • Virginia Science and Technology Campus


Kurie FitzgeraldMedia Relations Specialist for the Arts and Humanities

  • Columbian College of Arts and Sciences: Arts and Humanities
  • Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
  • Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • Lisner Auditorium
  • Luther Brady Art Gallery
  • The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Tim Pierce, Media Relations Associate

  • News Monitoring and Analytics 
  • Flash Studio Management