UNC Health Care Communications and News Team

UNC Health Care’s national reputation for cutting-edge research, quality patient care and excellent training of young professionals generates considerable attention from the news media. All media requests for interviews, filming and information gathering are handled by UNC Health Care’s News Team.

If you are a member of the media call us at 984-974-1140 with your request. On weekends, holidays and after 5 p.m. on week nights, please leave voice mail at 984-974-1140. Leaving voice mail at that number will send a page to our on-call person.

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Jennifer James 
Communications Director

984-974-1152 office
919-923-7983 mobile
E-mail: jjames@unch.unc.edu
Jennifer James

Jennifer is the leader of the medical center news team and oversees internal and external communication activities for UNC Health Care. Prior to joining UNC Health Care in late 2010, Jennifer was an account director in at Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington D.C., promoting health and medical research for the NIH and CDC.  Jennifer also previously served as the producer of a weekly television news segment for NBC News Channel in coordination with Johns Hopkins Medicine and Public Health. Jennifer earned a masters degree from the School of Public Health at UNC and has a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Tom Hughes, Media Relations/Social Media Strategist
984-974-1151 office
919-923-6964 mobile
E-mail: tahughes@unch.unc.edu
Tom Hughes

Tom is UNC Health Care’s lead news writer for all matters except basic science research. His primary role is to write news stories about clinical research and other clinical activities of UNC Health Care. He also serves as website content manager and social media coordinator for the news team and assists Stephanie Mahin with media relations activities. Prior to joining UNC Health Care in 2001, Tom worked as a news writer and copy editor at CNN.com in Atlanta and as a daily newspaper reporter at the Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Ala.  In 2011, Tom won first place in the news release category of the North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers Excellence in Communication Awards. He also won first place in the news writing category in 2005.

Katie O'Brien, Strategic Communications Manager
919-843-3989 office
E-mail: katie_obrien@med.unc.edu
Katie O'Brien

Katie manages internal and external communication for the UNC School of Medicine, with a focus on research and education. She is the editor of Vital Signs, the SOM's weekly newsletter for 9,000 affiliated faculty, staff, and students, and oversees SOM social media. With the SOM Office of Information Systems, she manages www.med.unc.edu. 

In 2012, the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine internal newsletters were recognized as the "Best Electronic Publication" in the 2012 Ragan's Health Care PR and Marketing Awards.

Katie graduated summa cum laude from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi in 2002. She earned a Masters Degree in Environment, Politics, and Globalization from King's College, University of London, in 2003.

Will Arey, Internal Communications Manager
984-974-1147 office 
919-370-1625 mobile
E-mail: warey@unch.unc.edu  

Will Arey

Since 2006, Will has managed Internal Communications for UNC Health Care and its more than 7,500 employees. He is a 2005 graduate of UNC and earned his MBA from Elon University in 2009. In 2012, the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine internal newsletters were recognized as the "Best Electronic Publication" in the 2012 Ragan's Health Care PR and Marketing Awards.

Zach Read, Internal Communications Specialist
984-974-1145 office
919-923-2347 mobile
Email: zread@unch.unc.edu

Zach Read

Zach writes features for UNC Health Care and the School of Medicine and assists the News Team with its internal communications efforts. Prior to joining UNC Health Care in 2013, Zach was associate editor at the University of North Carolina Press. For six years he has written for Inside Carolina Magazine. He received his bachelor's degree in English from Skidmore College and his master’s degree from the Creative Writing Program at Boston University.

Mark Derewicz, Science Communications Manager
919-966-9037 office
919-923-0959 mobile
E-mail: mark.derewicz@unch.unc.edu

Mark Derewicz

Mark is UNC Health Care's lead news writer and editor for basic research. He collaborates with faculty at the UNC School of Medicine to effectively communicate their work to the media and general public. Prior to joining UNC Health Care in 2013, Mark was the senior writer for Endeavors, an award-winning magazine dedicated to research and creative activity at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received a bachelor's degree in education and history from La Salle University in Philadelphia.

Max Englund, Multimedia Specialist
984-974-1154 office 
919-923-5086 mobile

Max Englund

Max Englund is UNC Health Care’s multimedia specialist. She collaborates with the news team at UNC Health Care and researchers at the UNC School of Medicine to conceptualize and create engaging images, illustrations, infographics, and other visuals of complex science and research.  She received her BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Danielle Bates, Communications Director
N.C. Children's Hospital

Office: 919-843-9714
Mobile: 949-842-0680
Email: dbates@med.unc.edu

Danielle Bates

Danielle is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Irvine with dual Bachelor’s degrees in English and Literary Journalism. She joined UNC Health Care in 2007 to lead N.C. Children’s Hospital’s communications program, which additionally encompasses the Department of Pediatrics within the School of Medicine and the N.C. Children’s Promise, the Children’s Hospital’s development arm. An adjunct member of the UNC Health Care news team, Danielle jointly manages media relations on stories related to UNC Hospitals’ children’s programs and pediatrics faculty.

Juli Kidd, Communications Director
UNC Women's Care
UNC Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Office: 919-843-4927
Cell: 919-235-7188
Email: jkidd@med.unc.edu

Juli Kidd

Juli Kidd is the Communications Director for UNC Women's Care and UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A native of Chapel HIll, Juli started working at UNC in 1986. She has been with the department of obstetrics and gynecology since 1997 and in her current role since 2008. She is responsible for the departments websites, social media, physician outreach as well as marketing. Juli is a member of the American Hospital Association's Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD) and holds a SHSMD U Healthcare Marketing Communications Certificate.