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Department of Communications

350 Rose Administration Building
Box 870144
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0144
phone: (205) 348-5320

UA News Center

Let’s get the word out.

The department of communications provides consistent and clear communication to UA’s key constituencies, focusing on internal communications, media relations and safety. Our team is responsible for writing, editing, pitching and distributing stories based on news value as aligned with the four pillars of the University’s strategic plan.

Internal Communications

We provide the latest news and information to UA faculty, staff and students through the UA News Center and Inside UA newsletters using video, photography and narrative to tell the UA story.

Media Relations

We provide comprehensive media relations services to the University community, working closely with state, regional and national media to publicize student and faculty research, faculty expertise and University programs.

Pitching Stories to the Media

Our priority is to identify stories with potential for national and regional coverage that will continue to elevate the academic reputation of this university. For guidance on pitching stories to the media, contact Alex House, assistant director for media relations, or use the Submit News form.

Media Training

Our team is available to provide professional training and assistance to units seeking to promote its faculty and staff to the media. To request media training, contact Deidre Stalnaker, director of communications.

For immediate assistance with a potential crisis issue, please contact Monica Watts, associate vice president for communications.

Experts Directory

Our online experts directory features faculty and staff with research and subject matter expertise to talk with media about current and emerging events and topics.

For Members of the Media

Direct questions to Alex House. For athletics inquiries, please reach out to Athletics Communications.

Services & Requests



Deidre stalnaker

Deidre Stalnaker

Executive Director, Communications

(205) 348-8718

Laura Braddick

Laura Braddick

Associate Director, Content and Collaboration

(205) 348-7661

Alex House.

Alex House

Associate Director, Media Relations

(205) 348-8323

Stephanie Pettis.

Stephanie Pettis

Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives and Analytics

(205) 348-3782

cathy butler

Cathy Butler

Communications Specialist III

(205) 348-7319

Jessica Nelson

Jessica Nelson

Communications Specialist III

(205) 348-5004

stephanie plumb

Stephanie Plumb

Communications Specialist III

(205) 348-0831

Bryant Welbourne

Bryant Welbourne

Communications Specialist III

(205) 348-8325

Jennifer Brady

Jennifer Brady

Communications Specialist II

(205) 348-4956

Jessica Lindsey

Jessica Lindsey

Communications Specialist II

(205) 348-6724

Mitch Bailey

Mitch Bailey

Communications Specialist I

(205) 348-0825

Christine Blakley

Christine Banks

Presidential Communications Strategist

(205) 348-3414

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Public Relations Strategist

(205) 348-4328