About the Drexel News Blog

Drexel University’s news blog is managed by the media relations team in Drexel’s Office of University Communications. We launched in 2012 as an informal way to share news, stories and photos from around the university to supplement the information we share through our official media relations channels like news releases, faculty expert pages and on Twitter. This blog is a way of telling stories that don’t fit those formats and providing a behind-the-scenes look at how those stories develop.

Who we are

Britt2Britt Faulstick: Britt is the assistant director of media relations who covers primarily technology and engineering beats, including information and computer science. He also covers a number of areas in media arts and design, student life, research ventures, athletics and more. Britt is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in his senior year the Orange won the men’s basketball national championship. He worked in Drexel’s athletics department for seven years, during this time the women’s basketball team won its first conference championship. So if history is any indication, the media relations team is due for a big win. Follow him at @DrexelBritt or view his blog posts here. Contact Britt at britt.faulstick@drexel.edu or 215.895.2617.

Niki2Niki Gianakaris: Niki is the director of media relations, overseeing the team of news officers, and handling media communications for many central university administrative areas, including community engagement programs, international programs, university libraries, and more. She also works with the LeBow College of Business and the Close School of Entrepreneurship. She has worked at Drexel for 13+ years and still hasn’t mastered parallel parking. When not writing about Drexel, she enjoys reading books and learning about other cultures. Follow her at @DrexelNiki or view her blog posts here. Contact Niki at ngianakaris@drexel.edu or 215.895.6741.

Lauren2Lauren Ingeno: Lauren is a news officer who covers medicine, medical research, nursing biomedical engineering and psychology. She graduated from Penn State and worked in communications at the George Washington University before coming to Drexel. After spending two years in Washington, DC, she is happy to be back in her hometown, where people appreciate the importance of a decent hoagie roll. She enjoys discovering new podcasts and exploring Philadelphia. Follow her at @laureningeno and view her blog posts here. Contact Lauren at 215.895.2614 or lingeno@drexel.edu.

Frank-O2Frank Otto: Frank is a news officer for health and science at Drexel. Formerly, he was a reporter at the Pottstown Mercury where he covered car crashes, murders, and goat races. He also interviewed Tom Wolf, Carly Rae Jepsen and almost Ke$ha once. He’s still not a coffee-drinker and remains a lifelong Phillies fan, even now, when their ineptitude just feels nostalgic to when he first started watching the team.. Follow him at @drexelfrank or view his blog posts here. Contact Frank at francis.otto@drexel.edu or 215.571.4244.

emilyEmily Storz: Emily is a news officer who covers the social sciences and humanities beats, including law, education, sports management, food science, performance arts, fashion and design. She also works with the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery and the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection. She graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communication and has lived in Philadelphia for 8+ years – the last few spent at a B2C PR agency pushing the likes of open-source drones and robot vacuums. When not pitching the media or writing about Drexel, she’s figuring out where to travel too next and resisting the urge to adopt more animals. Follow her at @DrexelEmily or view her blog posts here. Contact Emily at els332@drexel.edu or 215.895.2705.

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