General Contact Information

  • Media Relations Phone: 410-955-6070
  • Media Relations Email:
  • 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 Thank you.

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Public Relations, Media Relations and Corporate Communications Team

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Waun'Shae Blount

office: 410-955-3195

Waun'Shae is a media relations specialist with the Johns Hopkins public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team. In her role, she publicizes the ground-breaking research conducted at Johns Hopkins through news releases and other mediums, captures compelling patient stories and works to maintain as well foster bonds with external media.

Waun'Shae has more than 12 years of experience working in healthcare, from diabetes care research to EMS work in Baltimore and Baltimore County. Prior to joining the public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team, she served as clinical customer service coordinator within the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where she participated on a variety of committees and collaborated with patients, families and staff to enhance the patient experience and staff engagement.

Waun'Shae holds a bachelor of arts degree in writing, with an entrepreneurship minor, from Loyola University Maryland and a master's of fine arts degree in creative writing and publishing arts from the University of Baltimore. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a member of the University of Baltimore and Loyola University Maryland's alumni associations.

Beats Covered

  • A Woman's Journey
  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics/Aging
  • Otolaryngology
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Rheumatology
  • Rheumatology (Research)
  • Sleep
  • Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery/Organ Transplant
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Marin Hedin, M.P.S.

office: 410-502-9429
cell: 916-834-5058

As assistant director of the public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team, Marin Hedin, M.P.S., helps lead and direct the day-to-day strategy of the team. Through her relationships with media, she promotes stories that improve Johns Hopkins Medicine's brand reputation and loyalty. With storytelling at the forefront of Marin's work, she is dedicated to inspiring engagement through scientific innovation, medical advancements and patient care.

Before coming to Johns Hopkins Medicine, Marin led the marketing and communications strategies for top science, health and technology brands at Van Eperen & Co., a public relations firm located in the Washington, D.C., region. As account supervisor, Marin guided the direction of clients' communications efforts, mentored staff and helped build the agency's digital division.

Marin holds a master of professional studies degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in public relations and business management marketing from California State University, Sacramento. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and Women of Color in Communications.

Beats Covered

  • A Woman's Journey
  • Gynecology/Obstetrics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation