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  • News Staff

    Contact any of the news staff members listed below with story ideas or information.

    After hours, Public Affairs employees are on call to assist with breaking news. Call the switchboard at (601) 984-1000 and press "0" for an operator who will connect you with the employee on call.


    Tom Fortner
        Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer
        Phone: (601) 984-1106
        E-mail: tfortner@umc.edu

    Marc Rolph
        Associate Director of Public Affairs
        Phone: (601) 815-5133
        E-mail: mrolph@umc.edu  

    Bruce Coleman
        Assistant Director of Internal Administrative Communications
        Phone: (601) 984-4743
        E-mail: bcoleman@umc.edu

    Jennifer Hospodor
        Assistant Director of Community Affairs, Children's Programs
        Phone: (601) 984-1105
        E-mail: jhospodor@umc.edu

    Ruth Cummins
        Assistant Director of Media Relations
        Phone: (601) 984-1104
        E-mail: ricummins@umc.edu

    Gary Pettus
        Phone: (601) 815-9266
        E-mail: gpettus@umc.edu 

    Dustin Barnes
        Phone: (601) 984-1970
        E-mail: dlbarnes@umc.edu

    Jay Ferchaud
        Phone: (601) 984-1110
        E-mail: jferchaud@umc.edu