Media Relations and News

John Carberry
John Carberry

John Carberry

Senior Director, Media Relations and News

312 College Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853-2801

Cornell’s Media Relations Office is the university’s liaison to local, regional, national and international media organizations. On both breaking news and long-term research efforts, Media Relations works across the university to connect faculty and administration leaders with traditional and new media.



Media Relations is responsible for:

  • Promoting Cornell’s academic and institutional leadership through press releases, tip sheetsmedia advisories and direct engagement with leading journalists.
  • Arranging and facilitating media coverage of Cornell faculty and visits to Cornell’s campuses.
  • Offering Cornell experts to the media as major news breaks, and swiftly servicing reporter requests for our world-leading scholars.
  • Connecting Cornell voices to media outlets around the world through our video uplink, ISDN and web-based broadcast studios.
  • Assisting members of the Cornell community in their interactions with the media, and in preparing for interviews through customized media training.
  • Producing video b-roll, question-and-answer interviews with faculty and short news packages for use by broadcast and web-based news outlets.
  • Organizing and hosting “Inside Cornell” events in New York City, Washington DC and other locations to highlight Cornell researchers from around the world to journalists in key media markets.

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Karen Walters
Karen Walters

Karen Walters

Senior Director, News

312 College Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850

The News Office writes, edits and disseminate stories about Cornell University’s research, programs, people and strategic priorities to raise the university’s profile internally and externally. The Cornell Chronicle’s staff of a dozen reporters and editors covers beats including physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, social sciences, art and humanities, business, computer and information science and sustainability. We partner with communicators across campus to amplify their stories, and Media Relations leverages those stories to attract media attention for the university.


News publishes:

  • Cornell Chronicle, the university’s online newspaper of record. The website is updated daily, and stories are tagged for sharing across the university’s web space and beyond. A weekly Cornell Chronicle e-newsletter digest is distributed to faculty, staff, students and subscribers on Fridays during the academic year.
  • In addition to stories, the Cornell Chronicle offers other channels for highlighting news:
    • Essentials: This blog features short, sometimes-quirky items that speak to the life of the university.
    • Photos of the Day: The weekly slideshow is produced in partnership with the Brand Communications photography team.
    • Things To Do: The TTD editor highlights up to a dozen can’t-miss events for the week.
  • Twitter: Follow us for all the latest news.
  • Ezra magazine: Produced biannually with the Division of Alumni Affairs and Development, Ezra is targeted largely to an alumni audience. The monthly Ezra Update includes alumni features, links to Chronicle stories and upcoming events. Ezra Update is emailed to more than 150,000 alumni and friends of the university.


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