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Public Affairs

Public Affairs is responsible for issues management and crisis communications for the University of Missouri. The team provides trusted advice and counsel to MU leadership and other internal stakeholders, and is responsible for communicating safety information, emergency preparation and urgent updates to campus. Through transparency and accountability, Public Affairs demonstrates Mizzou’s commitment to the public trust.

Christian Basi
Director of Public Affairs

Travis Zimpfer
Associate Director of Public Affairs

Hannah Wichern
Public Safety Information Officer

News and Information

The News and Information team promotes stories to the media, the campus community and the public about MU’s innovative research, student and alumni success and support, excellence in teaching, and state and national outreach. The team responds to journalist requests regarding media releases and expert comments.

Jody Mitori
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications 

Christopher Ave
Director of News and Information

Deidra Ashley
Editor, Interim Associate Director of News and Information

Brian Consiglio 
Research News Strategist

Janese Heavin 
Assistant Editor

Courtney Perrett
Strategic Communication Specialist / Editorial Bureau Chief

Eric Stann
Research News Strategist

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