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.

To review our protocol on providing patient condition updates please reference this page.

Public Relations, Media Relations and Corporate Communications Team

headshot of Kim Polyniak

Kim Polyniak, M.A.

office: 443-287-8589
cell: 443-510-5807

Kim Polyniak, M.A., serves as a communications manager with the Johns Hopkins Medicine public relations, media relations and corporate communications team. In this role, she spends her time managing communications projects and media relations activities for Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR).

Throughout her career, Polyniak has held a wide range of positions in the communications industry in Maryland. Her professional experience began at WBFF-TV Fox45 in Baltimore, where she served in different producing roles. She also held positions at Maryland Public Television, in marketing and communications at a local Baltimore hospital and as a freelance writer. Polyniak has written for various formats, including television news, print publications, the Internet and social media.

Polyniak earned an M.A. in writing from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in mass communication from Towson University.

Beats Covered

  • Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics/Children's Center
Kaitlyn Roman

Kaitlyn Roman

office: 443-287-8560
cell: 440-465-3645

In her role as a communications specialist, Kaitlyn Roman assists with internal communications and media outreach for Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Before joining the team, Kaitlyn worked as an associate producer at the CBS News bureau in Washington, D.C. There, she produced daily stories for the national morning show CBS Mornings. During her time at CBS News, Kaitlyn helped cover a wide range of events, including elections, impeachments, Supreme Court nominations and other daily breaking news stories in the nation's capital. Before CBS News, she worked as a production assistant at PBS Washington Week. Kaitlyn graduated from Ohio University with a degree in journalism.

Beats Covered

  • Pediatrics/Children's Center