News/Media Relations

It's not by luck that UNT is in the news nearly every day. Our team of professionals work with students, faculty, staff, deans and administrators to promote accomplishments at UNT. We can connect media with UNT community members and provide information on their accomplishments, events, honors, awards, and advances in research, scholarship and the arts. We can find UNT experts to comment on breaking news and trends, and we operate an online searchable database that provides access to UNT experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For the UNT community, we offer assistance with media interviews. Please notify us as soon as possible if you are contacted by the media.

We also monitor UNT's appearance in print, radio and TV, as well as in electronic and social media.

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URCM - Administration

Kelley Reese

Associate Vice President


University Services Building

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As URCM's Associate Vice President, Kelley:

  • coordinates integrated strategic communications in support of the university and provides direction for URCM's teams, which are responsible for promoting and protecting the university's image and reputation through strategic internal and external communication in a range of ways including printed pieces, websites, videos, social and news media.
  • acts as a university spokesperson and provides leadership for issue and crisis response.
  • manages the campus-wide Public Relations and Marketing Committee.
  • interacts with the UNT System and other System-member institutions, as needed.

To schedule an appointment with Kelley, please contact Karen Wisdom at 940.369.8669

URCM - Integrated Communications

Julie Elliott Payne

Director, Integrated Communications


University Services Building

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As URCM's Director of Integrated Communications, Julie is responsible for ensuring an integrated communications approach to sharing the university's stories with its numerous audiences. She oversees the News Media, Publications, Social Media and Web Content teams. As such, Julie:

  • Guides a team of managers and communications strategists in the creation of engaging, informative and strategic content for print and online publications that showcase the university's strongest assets and support UNT's progress in the achievement of its mission and goals
  • Serves as a team lead, primary editor and production manager on top-level university projects and initiatives
  • Works to protect and promote the image of the university – including top-level administrators - by both directly and indirectly crafting content such as copy for the president's website, newsletter and other key publications
  • Ensures communication tactics and efforts are strategic and focusing on moving the university's image and reputation forward
  • Consults with campus divisions and leaders on communication strategies
  • Acts as a spokesperson for the university and helps coordinate media responses for general inquiries about the university, including those related to UNT facilities, police, student affairs and policies

URCM - Media Relations

Leigh Ann Gullett

News Manager


University Services Building

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As UNT's news manager, Leigh Ann can assist with general inquiries and those related to the:

  • Toulouse Graduate School
  • UNT facilities
  • UNT Police
  • Student affairs
  • Equity and diversity

Amy Armstrong

News Promotion Specialist


University Services Building

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As a UNT news promotion specialist, Amy can assist with inquiries related to the:

  • College of Education
  • College of Information
  • Department of Media Arts
  • Department of English
  • Department of Technical Communication
  • Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • UNT-International
  • UNT Libraries
  • The Distinguished Lecture Series and the Fine Arts Series

Monique Bird

News Promotion Specialist


University Services Building

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As a UNT news promotion specialist, Monique can assist with inquiries related to the:

  • College of Business
  • College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Department of Economics
  • Student Money Management Center
  • Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning (CALL)
  • Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment and Redesign (CLEAR)

Nancy Kolsti

News Promotion Specialist


University Services Building

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As a UNT news promotion specialist, Nancy can assist with inquiries related to the:

  • College of Health and Public Service
  • College of Arts and Sciences humanities and social science departments including anthropology, communication studies, history, political science, psychology, geography, and philosophy and religion studies.
  • Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism
  • Honors College
  • Women's Studies Program

Nancy also oversees "hometown news" coverage of student achievements.

Courtney Taylor

News Promotion Specialist


University Services Building

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As a UNT news promotion specialist, Courtney can assist with inquiries related to the:

  • College of Music
  • College of Visual Arts and Design
  • Department of Dance and Theatre
  • Fine Arts Series
  • Institute for the Advancement of the Arts at UNT on the Square