General Contact Information

  • Media Relations Phone: 410-955-6070
  • Media Relations Email: JHMedia@jhmi.edu
  • After Hours & Holidays: 410-955-6070.
    If you are a journalist working on a tight deadline or if this is an afterhours, urgent request, you can call this number and ask the operator to page the media relations representative on-call.

Journalists should always work with our team first to coordinate interviews. Each team member represents several departments or specialties of medicine and is available to respond to media inquiries or interview requests in a timely manner. If you are a journalist and unsure which specialty would be most appropriate for your request, please send an inquiry to JHMedia@jhmi.edu. Thank you.

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Public Relations, Media Relations and Corporate Communications Team

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Helen Jones

office: 410-502-9422

Helen Jones joined the Johns Hopkins public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team in January 2013. Among her duties as a media relations specialist are aiding in the distribution and tracking of press releases, collecting and disseminating daily news about Johns Hopkins Medicine, compiling monthly reports, managing media requests and providing media services to physicians and researchers.

Helen was previously employed at the Washington Post, where she edited opinion pieces, editorials and letters to the editor and helped keep track of daily readership trends on the Web. Before that, she worked as a copy editor and assigning editor for her hometown newspaper, the Baltimore Sun.

She received a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Towson University.

Beats Covered

  • Allergy/Asthma
  • Awards and Announcements
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary
  • Women’s Board
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Vanessa Wasta, M.B.A.

office: 410-955-8236
cell: 410-858-6986

Vanessa Wasta has spent more than 20 years in science and medical communications. She manages communications for basic science research at Johns Hopkins Medicine, spanning three institutes and more than 250 faculty.

Her team oversees media relations, digital publications and social media channels relating to basic science research. She holds a bachelor of science degree in biology and a master's degree in business administration. Previously, she managed media relations and web projects at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, covering laboratory and clinical research news, as well as social media. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and an emeritus member and former chair of the Public Affairs and Marketing Network of the nation's top cancer centers.

Beats Covered

  • Allergy/Asthma
  • Anatomy
  • Basic Science Research
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • History of Medicine
  • Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • Institute for Cell Engineering
  • Institute of Genetic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Pulmonary
  • Research
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Veterinary Medicine