For Journalists

Resources for journalists covering stories about the ֱ.

Media Contacts

The media relations team in University Communications and Marketing works with journalists on behalf of the ֱ to:

  • Coordinate major university announcements
  • Distribute press releases and media advisories
  • Respond to requests for information
  • Facilitate interviews with the ֱ President or members of the ֱ Board of Trustees
  • Identify sources for faculty expert interviews
  • Deliver official university statements
  • Handle public records requests from media outlets

Please contact Althea Johnson in UCM for assistance with your story, or select a media contact from one of the areas listed below.

Primary media contact
Althea Johnson, Director of Media Relations
Main: 813-974-1665
Cell: 305-495-0306

ֱ Health media contact
Sarah Worth, Associate Director of Communications
Main: 813-928-0861

*ֱ Health consists of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy.
Additional information may be found at

ֱ Athletics media contact
Brian Siegrist, Associate Director of Athletics / Communications
Main: 813-974-4086

University Police media contact
Mike Lavelle, Public Information Representative
Main: 813-974-3568
Cell: 813-255-4520 

Sarasota-Manatee campus media contact
Marc Masferrer, Communications and Media Relations Manager

St. Petersburg campus media contact
Matthew Cimitile, Interim Director of Marketing and Communications
Main: 727-873-4840