Assistance for reporters
To receive after-hours media relations or communications staff assistance, call 608-206-0310.
University Communications staff help reporters get the information they need on a wide range of research, learning and outreach topics across the university. Listed below are media relations staff and their areas of expertise:
Dennis Chaptman, news and media relations director, 608-262-9406
Topics: Administration, capital projects, campus facilities, construction and building projects, personnel issues, legal affairs, state and federal relations.
Terry Devitt, science, 608-262-8282
Topics: Scientific research, including astronomy, botany, biological sciences, chemistry, geography, geology, life sciences, mathematics, physics, primate research, research museums and zoology; also UW–Madison’s primary contact on stem cell research.
Stacy Forster, professional schools and social sciences/administration, 608-262-0930
Topics: Business, education, journalism and mass communications, law, political science, public affairs, history, Institute for Research on Poverty, sociology, climate and diversity, administration, state and federal relations.
John Lucas, student affairs, 608-262-8287,
Topics: Student affairs, including admissions, climate and diversity, student life, student government, university housing, student health, volunteerism and service learning, and general student services
Jill Sakai, science, 608-262-9772,
Topics: Anthropology, atmospheric and climate research, botany, chemistry, geography, geology, limnology, physics, zoology
Susannah Brooks, arts and humanities 608-262-3846
Topics: Arts and humanities, including English, ethnic studies, human ecology, foreign languages, philosophy, and women’s studies.
Assistance for photographers
University Communications maintains an extensive archive of high-resolution digital images, including headshots of many newsmakers.
Assistance for broadcasters
University Communications provides special logistical assistance and other help to news media organizations that want to set up shoots or broadcast from campus.
Liz Beyler, 608-263-1986,
Director of News and Media Relations
Dennis Chaptman, 608-262-9406,
Director of University Communications
Amy Toburen, 608-262-0925,