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Media Relations and News

John Carberry 607-255-5353
John Carberry

John Carberry

Director for Media Relations

245 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

Cornell’s Media Relations Office is the university’s liaison to local, regional, national and international media organizations. On both breaking news 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 sheets, media 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.
  • Highlighting Cornell’s news coverage through custom internal reporting and the weekly Cornell News Wrap.


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Karen Walters
Karen Walters

Karen Walters

Editorial Director of News

Cornell University
312 College Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850

The mission of News is to write, edit, and disseminate stories about the research, programs, people, and strategic priorities at Cornell to raise the university’s profile internally and externally. Our staff of a dozen reporters and editors has more than 200 years of experience at Cornell; our writers cover beats in fields such as physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, art and humanities, business, computer science, and sustainability. We partner with communicators across campus to amplify their stories beyond their own schools and colleges, and Media Relations leverages our stories to attract media attention for the university.

News publishes:

Cornell Chronicle, the university’s newspaper of record: The website is updated daily, and stories are tagged for convenient 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.
  • Picture Cornell: 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.
  • Sound Off: Cornellians comment on news and events happening in the world.
  • Twitter: Follow us for all the latest news.
  • Ezra magazine: Produced quarterly in concert with Alumni Affairs and Development, and Brand Communications, Ezra is targeted largely to an alumni audience. The monthly Ezra Update includes alumni features, links to Chronicle stories, and upcoming events around the world. Ezra Update is emailed to more than 200,000 alumni and friends of the university.
  • Pawprint: This biweekly website and e-newsletter is devoted to staff news. A printed version is delivered to staff without ready access to computers.


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