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University Communications
Fax: 202-885-5959
4401 Connecticut Avenue - 6th Floor, Room 1

University Communications
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Who We Are

American University Media Relations, an office within University Communications and Marketing, advises campus offices, departments, and schools on media relations, public relations, and communication strategies. We secure targeted news coverage for the university, with emphasis on faculty research and scholarship, academic strengths, and university initiatives.

We focus on strategically placing AU experts, research and programs in targeted media outlets—identifying and facilitating opportunities to enhance our institutional reputation, influence public discourse, and increase visibility among peers and stakeholders. We identify timely news hooks that take advantage of breaking news to showcase AU’s expertise and achievements, pitch stories to reporters, arrange media interviews, and plan and manage news conferences. 

Media Relations upholds the university’s brand reputation by monitoring AU’s print and online press coverage and managing crisis communication strategies.


Kelly Alexander

KellyAlexander KellyAlexander

Director of Public Relations

University Communications

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Natasha Abel

Natasha Abel Natasha Abel

Senior Public Relations Manager

School of International Service and School of Public Affairs

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Ericka Acosta

Ericka Floyd Ericka Floyd

Public Relations Manager

Kogod School of Business and School of Communication

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Rebecca Basu

Rebecca Basu Rebecca Basu

Public Relations Manager

College of Arts and Sciences and the Katzen Arts Center

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Solace Duncan

Solace Duncan Solace Duncan

Public Relations Coordinator

University Communications

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