George Mason University

Media Contacts/Beat List

Need an Expert? Specialized Information? We Can Help

The Office of Strategic Communications staff helps reporters get the information and experts they need for stories of local, national and international significance.

Biomedicine? Cyber security? Racial and gender issues? Find the area of expertise you require, and contact the communications manager who covers that beat. He or she can provide you with information or put you in touch with an expert who can offer background and perspective.

Michael Sandler

Director, Strategic Communications

  • Press inquiries
  • Administration issues

Melanie Balog

Managing Editor, Strategic Communications

  • Manages beat writers
  • Manages newsdesk website
  • Community relations

Damian Cristodero

Senior Communications Manager

  • Admissions
  • Business
  • Career Services
  • Education and Education Policy
  • 4-VA Consortium
  • Office of Global Strategy
  • Honors College
  • Immigration
  • INTO Mason
  • Military Services
  • Recreation, Health and Tourism
  • Recreation/club sports
  • University Life/Student Involvement

Buzz McClain

Manager, Strategic Communications

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biodefense Policy
  • Conflict analysis
  • Criminology
  • Economy and money
  • Facilities/construction
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Politics/Policy
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Religion
  • Society and Government
  • Terrorism
  • Transnational crime
  • Transportation

Jamie M. Rogers

Communications Officer, Interim Social Media Coordinator

Areas of Expertise:

  • ​Alumni Affairs
  • Anthropology
  • Arts/Culture
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Health Care and Policy
  • Health and Medicine
  • Medical Research
  • Psychology
  • Human Resources
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Libraries
  • Social Work
  • Wellbeing and wellness

Open position (Contact Melanie Balog for stories)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biodefense and Infectious Diseases
  • Bioengineering
  • Biosciences
  • Climate
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Technology

Preston Williams

Presidential Communications Manager