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MU News Bureau
329 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-6211
Fax: 573-882-5489

News Bureau Staff

Mary Jo Banken

Mary Jo Banken
Executive Director
Phone: 573-882-6211

  • MU Administration
  • Athletics
  • Minority Affairs

Christian Basi

Christian Basi
Associate Director
Phone: 573-882-4430

  • Administrative Services
  • Trulaske College of Business
  • School of Medicine
  • Research Reactor
  • Student Affairs
  • Graduate School

Sheena Rice

Sheena Rice
Health News Strategist and Operations Manager
Phone: 573-882-8353

  • Human Environmental Sciences (human development and family studies, nutrition and exercise physiology, School of Social Work)
  • Master of Public Health Program
  • School of Health Professions
  • Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Truman School of Public Affairs

Nathan Hurst

Nathan Hurst
Convergence News Strategist
Phone: 573-882-6217

  • Internal Communications
  • Advancement
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Human Environmental Sciences (architectural studies, personal financial planning, textile and apparel management)
  • Journalism
  • School of Law

Jeff Sossamon

Jeff Sossamon
Research News Strategist
Phone: 573-882-3346

  • Bond Life Sciences Center
  • College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Science
  • College of Engineering
  • Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center
  • Veterinary Medicine