Contact us

University Public Affairs helps Virginia Commonwealth University communicate with the general public by working with news media regionally, nationally and internationally, and by providing other communications services.

We are a 24-hour operation. For news emergencies after hours, page us at (804) 759-7675. During normal business hours, call our main line at (804) 828-1231 or contact any of the individual staff members listed below.

University Public Affairs

Grace Street Center
912 West Grace Street
Box 842041
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2041
Phone: (804) 828-1231
Fax: (804) 828-2018


For media inquiries, contact one of the University Public Affairs staff members below. The news topics they are responsible for are included with their listing.

Michael R. Porter, APR

Associate vice president for public affairs
Phone: (804) 828-7037
Division of Community Engagement, Division of Student Affairs, Division for Inclusive Excellence

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Laura Rossacher
Assistant Director of Public Affairs for VCU Health
Phone: (804) 827-1730
VCU Health System and VCU Health



Leha Byrd
Public relations specialist
Phone: (804) 828-7028

Hume-Lee Transplant Center, women’s health/OBGYN, physical medicine and rehabilitation

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Carrie Carroll
Public relations coordinator
Phone: (804) 827-0890
TelegRAM; CHoR; Sports Medicine; Physical Therapy; Orthopaedic Surgery; Virginia Poison Center

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Anne Dreyfuss
Public relations specialist
Phone: (804) 828-7701
School of Allied Health Professions, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy

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