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P.O. Box 172220
Bozeman, MT 59717-2220

Tel: (406) 994-4571

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About MSU News Service

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The MSU News Service leads the campus in media relations. News Service staff prepare and disseminate news and photographs about the institution, its people and its programs to newspaper, radio, television and online audiences.

It also advises faculty, staff and students on media issues and acts as a clearinghouse for all press releases and official media statements.

Writers in the news service also write for such MSU publications as Mountains and Minds, Collegian, and Confluence.

The MSU News Service is responsible for the "MSU in the News" section of the university Web site, which includes news and features from across campus. News staff also produce the online publication MSU Today--Campus News.

The MSU News Service is also involved in the ongoing development of university media and communications objectives and policy development. We provide media specialists for the MSU Media Policy and the MSU Emergency Response Committee. We also assist in media relations and training.

The MSU News Service and can be reached by phone at 994-4571 or e-mail at

You may contact any of the news staff on the MSU News Service contact list.

Contact Information: MSU News Service

MSU media specialists, their beats, and contact information follow. If in doubt, please call (406) 994-4571 and you will be forwarded to the best person to help you.

Tracy Ellig – Executive director, University Communications, and director, MSU News Service 
Tel: (406) 994-5607 – Fax: (406) 994-4102

Carol Schmidt -- Beat: College of Arts and Architecture; various departments in the College of Letters and Science. 
Tel: (406) 994-1966 -- Fax: (406) 994-4102 

Anne Cantrell -- Beat: College of Nursing; College of Education, Health and Human Development; Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship; MSU Library. 
Tel: (406) 994-4902 -- Fax: (406) 994-4102 

Denise Hoepfner – Beat: College of Agriculture; College of Engineering 
Tel: (406) 994-4542 – Fax: (406) 994-4102 

Eliese Besemer – Copy editor 
Tel: (406) 994-7884 – Fax: (406) 994-4102 

Other Media Relations Specialists

Bill Lamberty -- Bobcat sports 
Tel: (406) 994-5133 -- Fax: (406) 994-2278

Tom Schulz -- Bobcat sports 
Tel: (406) 994-5130 -- Fax: (406) 994-2278

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MSU Expert List for News Media -- This Web page contains a directory of MSU personnel organized by their expertise and specialization areas. It is provided as a resource for media organizations seeking expert information on various topics. The individual experts provided all information and have granted their permission to be contacted directly.