University Communications is charged with facilitating media placements for news of UC Riverside’s teaching, research, and outreach programs. Toward that end, the team issues news releases and publishes stories on the UCR website; fields media inquiries; provides resources to news organizations; and facilitates faculty and staff media interactions.

The team also produces the quarterly UCR Magazine and the Inside UCR and UCR Life newsletters. 

Media Contacts

School of Medicine, Life Sciences, Physics & Astronomy

Iqbal Pittalwala, 951-827-6050

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Jules Bernstein, 951-827-4580

Bourns College of Engineering, School of Business, Research and Economic Development 

Holly Ober, 951-827-5893

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Student News

Sandra Martínez, 951-827-2653 

UCR Arts, English, Creative Writing 

Jessica Weber, 951-827-6049


Wes Mallette, 951-827-5438

University News, School of Public Policy, Graduate School of Education

John Warren, 951-827-4756

Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Communications and Marketing Officer 

Johnny Cruz, 951-827-6047

For after-hours media inquiries, call 951-312-3049.

Faculty Experts

To search for UC Riverside faculty experts by topic, visit our Experts site.


Complimentary campus parking is available to credentialed media covering university business. To coordinate temporary media parking contact Lisa Cusick at 951-827-7847 or  

Filming on Campus

News organizations can shoot photos or video in public areas of the UC Riverside campus. Media access to university buildings and restricted areas is coordinated through UCR University Communications.

Filming/taping/photography for commercial purposes, such as television programs, movies and advertisements, must be approved in advance. No use of UC Riverside trademarks or service marks is permitted without advance written approval. Policies for commercial filming and photography on campus can be found on the UC Riverside policy website.

Complete a Filming Request Form if you are interested in commercial filming or photography on campus. 

Broadcast Facilities 

UC Riverside is equipped with a radio studio and an ISDN phone line for broadcast-quality radio interviews. For more information contact John Warren at 951-827-4756.

Public Records

For more information on how to request public records visit the Office of Campus Counsel website.