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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Will Arey Will Arey
Internal Communications Manager
984-974-1147 office 
919-370-1625 mobile
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Will is manager of Internal Communications at UNC Hospitals, and co-leads internal communication efforts for UNC Health Care projects. He is co-editor of UNC Health Care Leadership Update, a quarterly system leadership newsletter, and editor of News for Managers, a bi-weekly newsletter for UNC Hospitals’ managers and directors. Will has worked at UNC Health Care since 2005.
 


Amy Austell

Amy Austell
Communications Manager
919-784-7690 office 
919-815-2845 mobile
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Amy is the manager of Internal Communications at Rex Healthcare, and co-leads internal communication efforts for UNC Health Care system projects.  She is the co-editor of UNC Health Care Leadership Update, a quarterly system leadership newsletter, and editor of The Huddle, a weekly newsletter for Rex managers and directors.  Amy has been with Rex and UNC Health Care since 2010.
 


Jennifer James

Jennifer James 
Communications Director
984-974-1152 office
919-923-7983 mobile
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Jennifer is the leader of the of Communications and News team.  In this role, she oversees internal and external communication activities for UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.  She joined UNC Health Care in 2010.
 
 


Alan Wolf

Alan Wolf 
Media Relations Manager
919-784-4467 office
919-218-7103 mobile
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Alan is the manager of Media Relations at Rex Healthcare, and helps coordinate media relations efforts across UNC Health Care. In that role, he works with journalists from a wide range of media outlets to share expertise, clinical research and inspiring stories at Rex, UNC Medical Center and other affiliates within UNC Health Care. He has been with Rex and UNC Health Care since 2011.
 


Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes 
Media Relations/Social Media Strategist
984-974-1151 office
919-923-6964 mobile
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Tom writes news stories about clinical research and other clinical activities of UNC Health Care. He also manages our social media sites and performs media relations activities. Tom has been with UNC Health Care since 2001.


Katie O'Brien

Katie O'Brien
Strategic Communications Manager

919-843-3989 office
E-mail: katie_obrien@med.unc.edu

In her role as strategic communications manager, Katie oversees content creation and distribution for the UNC School of Medicine, with a focus on research and education. Katie manages internal and external communication for the school, overseeing Vital Signs and social media. With the SOM Office of Information Systems, she manages www.med.unc.edu. Katie participates in special projects related to the UNC Health Care System and works closely with University colleagues to coordinate communication. She joined UNC in 2005.


Jamie WilliamsJamie Williams
Communications Specialist

984-974-1149 office 
E-mail: jamie.williams@unchealth.unc.edu

Jamie is the editor of Vital Signs, a weekly newsletter that is distributed to 9,000 faculty, staff and students affiliated with the UNC School of Medicine. He writes feature stories and news announcements covering both UNC Health Care and the School of Medicine for internal and external audiences. In addition, Jamie contributes to media relations efforts and the social media platforms of UNC Health Care and the School of Medicine. He joined the UNC Health Care team in the fall of 2014.
 


Zach Read

Zach Read
Communications Specialist

984-974-1145 office
919-923-2347 mobile
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Zach develops web and social media content, including features, for UNC Health Care, UNC School of Medicine, and external audiences. He serves as editor of Employee News Online, the weekly newsletter for UNC Hospitals employees, assists on a variety of internal communications efforts, and manages communications for several internal programs and initiatives. Zach joined UNC Health Care in 2013.

 


Mark Derewicz

Mark Derewicz
Science Communications Manager

919-966-9037 office
919-923-0959 mobile
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Mark covers basic science and endocrinology research at the UNC School of Medicine. He writes press releases, features, and news briefs; and he works with scientists and media to publicize research discoveries and stories. Mark started at UNC Health Care in September 2013. Previously, he was the senior writer for Endeavors, UNC’s award winning magazine dedicated to research at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Max Englund

Max Englund
Multimedia Specialist

984-974-1154 office  
919-923-5086 mobile
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Max creates and coordinates the visual content for UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care feature stories, the UNC Health Care and SOM online newsroom, newsletters, social media and other vehicles for external audiences. She works with all communications staff to create compelling visual content to accompany written releases, as well as to document and illustrate science news and institutional goals and achievements. Since September 2013, she has created photos, video, web and print graphics, illustrations, 2-d and 3-d art to tell stories for UNC Health Care and the School of Medicine. 


Hannah Crane

Hannah Crain
Communications Coordinator

984-974-1153 office  
E-mail: 

Hannah manages social media content for the School of Medicine, assists with the development and distribution of Vital Signs and Employee News Online, the weekly newsletters for the School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals, and writes features for the School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals.




Danielle Bates

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

984-974-8870 office 
949-842-0680 mobile
E-mail: dbates@med.unc.edu

Danielle 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 KiddJuli Kidd
Communications Director
UNC Women's Care
UNC Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Office: 919-843-4927
Cell: 919-235-7188
E-mail: 

Juli is the Communications Director for UNC Women's Care and UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 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.



Matt EnglundMatt Englund
Assistant Editor, Publications
984-974-1144 office
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Matt is an assistant editor for UNC Health Care Publications. He is responsible for editing, feature writing and photo coordination for print publications, including Well, a UNC Health Care patient magazine, and the UNC School of Medicine’s Medical Bulletin.