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Media Relations

UTSA is committed to fostering positive, long-term relationships that are mutually beneficial for the university and the news media.

University Strategic Communications manages the university’s engagement with the media. The Chief Communications Officer serves as the university’s official spokesperson and provides institutional statements. The Public Affairs Team proactively shares news with reporters and coordinates campus media visits.

At the same time, University Communications encourages faculty and staff subject matter experts to work with reporters on breaking and trending news stories. Doing so showcases the depth and breadth of UTSA’s knowledge enterprise while providing journalists with valuable information that helps them do their jobs.

University Communications can provide resources for faculty and staff interviews including messaging consultation, coordination of media interviews, and follow-up information and research for news articles.


Joe Izbrand
Chief Communications Officer/AVP of Strategic Communications & External Relations
Issues management, strategic messaging and institutional statements

Paul Berry
Assistant Director of University Communications
Media relations strategy and institutional announcements

Ari Castañeda
Public Affairs Specialist III
Media relations for the College of Sciences, Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design, School of Data Science

Brooke Crum
Public Affairs Specialist III
Media relations for the College for Health, Community and Policy and College of Education and Human Development

Michelle Gaitan
Public Affairs Specialist III
Media relations for the Alvarez College of Business and College of Liberal and Fine Arts