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

Showing Beat:
Michael Newman

Michael E. Newman

office: 410-502-9463
cell: 240-602-5365

A seasoned science and medical communicator with expertise in public affairs, journalism and broadcast media, Michael joined the Johns Hopkins Medicine public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team as senior media relations representative in March 2019. In this role, he communicates and promotes the research, clinical advances, service lines and related initiatives for a diverse group of the institute's divisions.

Michael came to Hopkins after 27 years at the federal government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, he served from 1991 to 2007 as director of media relations and then for the next 11 years as senior communications officer.

Prior to NIST, Michael worked as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle, a medical TV writer/producer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, a features reporter at an NPR affiliate, an ABC-TV news producer, an audiovisual production manager and media officer for a Fortune 500 oil and gas company, and a press officer/science writer for the National Cancer Institute. He also penned the popular "Answer Line" question-and-answer column for the Journal newspapers in the Greater Washington, D.C., area from 1990 until 2006.

Michael holds bachelor’s degrees in microbiology from Clemson University and communications from the University of Houston, and he completed one year toward a Ph.D. in virology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the D.C. Science Writers Association and the National Association of Science Writers (for which he is co-chair of the Public Information Officers Committee), and he serves on the board of directors for the Baltimore-Washington Clemson Alumni Club.

Beats Covered

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics (Research)
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery/Organ Transplant
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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

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Bioterrorism
  • Burn Center (Pediatric)
  • Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • International Adoption Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Children's Center
  • Neonatal, Perinatal Medicine
  • Pediatrics (General)
  • Pediatrics (Research)