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Chris Stipes, executive director of News and Media Relations
713-348-6778, chris.stipes@rice.edu

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  • Academic Affairs
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  • Oversees all beats for stories and expertise that have potential interest to national and international media

Arie Wilson Passwaters, senior editor
713-348-6773, arie@rice.edu
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  • Rice News, Inside Rice and @Rice
  • Events calendar
  • Metrics
  • Faculty awards (for commencement)

Robert Premeaux, senior editor
713-348-3930, Robert.premeaux@rice.edu
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  • Copyediting across all beats/communications

Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist
713-348-6777,
amym@rice.edu
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  • School of Social Sciences
  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Government relations

Avery Franklin, media relations specialist
713-348-6327, ar119@rice.edu
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  • Baker Institute for Public Policy
  • Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance
  • Jones Graduate School of Business
  • Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie)
  • Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
  • OpenStax

Silvia Cernea Clark, media relations specialist
713-348-6728, sc220@rice.edu
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  • George R. Brown School of Engineering (including all relevant research institutes/centers)
  • Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
  • Wiess School of Natural Sciences (including all relevant research institutes/centers)
  • Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (Multi-institution research center)

Andrew Bell, media relationship specialist
713-348-6770, andrew.bell@rice.edu

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  • Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
  • Doerr Institute for New Leaders
  • School of Architecture, including Rice Design Alliance
  • Fondren Library
  • Athletics
  • Rice Memorial Center/Ley Student Center
  • Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center

Brandi Smith, multimedia journalist (MMJ)
713-348-6765, andrew.bell@rice.edu

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  • School of Humanities
  • Moody Center for the Arts (Rice Public Art)
  • Shepherd School of Music

Sam Byrd, writer
713-348-6760, sam.byrd@rice.edu

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  • Internal communications across all areas

Stefan De La Garza, news analyst
srd9@rice.edu
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  • Dateline Rice
  • Media monitoring