Information for Media

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 press releases and publishes stories on the UCR website; fields media inquiries; 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 Engineering, School of Business, Research and Economic Development 
Holly Ober, 951-827-5893

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, School of Public Policy, Graduate School of Education
Tess Eyrich, 951-827-7847

Student News, Campus News, Arts & Humanities
Sandra Martínez, 951-827-2653 

UCR Arts 
Jessica Weber, 951-827-6049

Wes Mallette, 951-827-5438

Director of News & Information 
John Warren, 951-827-4756

Assistant Vice Chancellor & Chief Communications 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 on Demand site or call 951-827-4756.


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.

Contact Johnny Cruz at 951-827-6047 or John Warren at 951-827-4756 if you are interested in commercial filming 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.