NOAA Communications & External Affairs

The office coordinates media relations, stakeholder relationships, and select internal communications at the corporate NOAA level and also organizes messaging and promotion by working closely with the line offices.


News releases
News conferences
NOAA Web editorial management
Video presentations
Opinion / editorial articles
NOAA World (internal online newsletter)


Interview preparation and coordination
Messaging with media
Media training
Constituent relations
Exhibits management

Media Advisories


NOAA Headquarters
Interviews with NOAA leadership, policy issues, budget and legislation.

Ciaran Clayton, Director
Scott Smullen, Deputy Director

Constituent affairs, stakeholder relationships, business/industry liaison, exhibits.

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
Satellite images, satellite operations, environmental data, historical weather and climate data John Leslie, 301-713-0214
National Marine Fisheries Service
Fisheries management, habitat protection, protected species

Connie Barclay, 301-427-8029
Monica Allen, 301-427-8028
Christine Patrick, 301-427-8030
Lt. Fionna Matheson, 301-427-8013
Main Number: 301-427-8003

Alaska Region (Juneau, Alaska) Julie Speegle, 907-586-7032
Northeast Fisheries (Gloucester, Mass.) Maggie Mooney-Seus, 978-281-6175
Northwest Fisheries (Seattle, Wash.) Brian Gorman, 206-526-6613
Janet Sears, 206-526-6172
Southeast Fisheries (St. Petersburg, Fla.) Kim Amendola, 727-551-5707
Allison Garrett, 727-551-5707
Southwest Fisheries (Long Beach, Calif.) Jim Milbury, 562-980-4006
Pacific Islands Region (Honolulu, Hawaii) Wende Goo, 808-721-4098
Fisheries Office for Law Enforcement (Silver Spring, Md.) Lesli Bales-Sherrod, 301-427-2300 x103
National Ocean Service
Coral reefs, coastal resource management, estuarine research reserves, harmful algal blooms, hazardous spill response and restoration, marine protected areas, marine sanctuaries, nautical charts, ocean observing systems, and tides and water levels.

Ben Sherman, 301-713-3066

Keeley Belva, 301-713-3066

National Weather Service
Weather Service Public Affairs
Severe weather, NOAA Weather Radio, Weather Safety
Regional weather contacts

Chris Vaccaro, 301-713-0622 ext. 150

Susan Buchanan, 301-713-0622 ext. 121

Maureen O'Leary, 301-713-0622 ext 128

Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Okla.,
Severe storms, tornadoes, fire weather outlooks, storm chasing
Keli Pirtle, 405-325-6933
National Hurricane Center
Tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific
Dennis Feltgen, 305-229-4404
NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction
Includes NOAA Climate Prediction Center
Seasonal outlooks, drought, climate prediction, El Niño and La Niña
Space Weather Prediction Center
Solar and geomagnetic storms, solar cycles, auroras

Katy Human, 303-497-4747
Jana Goldman, 301-734-1123

Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
Climate, weather, polar, ocean, and coastal research, tsunamis, ocean acidification, global monitoring and observation. Jana Goldman, 301-734-1123
Linda Joy, 301-734-1165
Office of Ocean Exploration
NOAA's center for new activities to explore and better understand the oceans. 
Fred Gorell, 301-734-1021 
Earth System Research Laboratory
Atmospheric science, climate change, ozone depletion, weather, air quality

Katy Human, 303-497-4747
Jana Goldman, 301-734-1123

Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
Research ships and aircraft, NOAA Corps David Hall, 301-713-7671