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About Media Relations

John Carberry, senior director

John Carberry oversees Media Relations Office operations, media outreach strategy development, and news related to Cornell University and its senior administration. A former construction worker, campaign manager and chief of staff in the New York State Assembly, Carberry spent almost 17 years in the media as a reporter, editor, columnist and radio talk show host. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University at Buffalo.

Office: 607-255-5353
Mobile: 607-882-1777


Rebecca Valli, deputy director

Rebecca Valli specializes in Cornell's international research and outreach, Cornell's connections to New York City and breaking news on business, economics and foreign affairs. A native of Italy, Rebecca spent most of her 20s in China working as a journalist and learning Mandarin, and reported for the Voice of America from Beijing and Hong Kong. She is a graduate of the University of Milan and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

Office: 202-434-8049
Cell: 607-793-1025


Lindsey Hadlock, media relations specialist

Lindsey Hadlock specializes in research and experts related to agriculture, food, nutrition, natural science and animal science. She works closely with local and regional media as well as student media. She graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in communication management and design, and did non-profit work within the Ithaca community for several years before joining Media Relations.

Office: 607-255-6121
Mobile: 607-269-6911

Bert Odom-Reed, multimedia producer and broadcast studio producer

Bert Odom-Reed's expertise and contributions to Cornell are in multimedia production and live TV/radio broadcast studio production. During more than 25 years of service in the media arts at Cornell, Bert has led and been part of several diverse teams to tell the Cornell story for six university presidents, faculty researchers, and staff and student leaders. His field production experience includes natural science, health and ecotourism projects in the United States and abroad in Canada, China, England and the Dominican Republic, and he has engineered international broadcasts in numerous countries. He holds a radio/TV degree from Onondaga Community College and has completed coursework in computer science and physics at Grambling State University.

Office: 607-255-1561
Cell: 607-882-3311


Glen Palmer, director of Cornell Broadcast Studios

Glen entered the broadcast industry in 1978 at Rombex Productions in New York City, working with a large and diverse customer base including all major television networks and motion picture studios. In 1987, Glen joined the former Educational Television Center at Cornell as a producer, and helped ETV venture into satellite transmission technology to allow news agencies access to faculty experts through “live” interviews. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and a veteran of five distinct evolutions of Cornell’s video studios, Glen continues to serve news partners and Cornell’s strategic needs by connecting faculty with news media outlets around the globe.

Office: 607-255-8162
Mobile: 607-229-6192


Rachel Rhodes, media relations specialist

Rachel Rhodes splits her time between media relations and public affairs at Cornell University and is based in Washington, D.C. As a media relations specialist, she focuses on law and public policy and Cornell’s presence in D.C. Rachel also works with think tanks, non-profits, and other research organizations in D.C. to highlight Cornell faculty experts. Originally from the Finger Lakes, Rachel received her master’s degree in public administration from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and did a stint in the federal government as an analyst for the Government Accountability Office.

Office: 202-434-8036
Mobile: 585-732-1877


Joseph Schwartz, senior media relations specialist

Joseph Schwartz is our lead on op-eds, and specializes in research and experts related to law and public policy, and business and economics. Previously, Joe was a senior editor at American Demographics magazine, opinion editor at The Ithaca Journal, managing editor at Training & Conditioning magazine, a daily newspaper reporter, and an editor for online mapping and geospatial technology magazines. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.

Office: 607-254-6235
Cell: 607-882-3774


Jeff Tyson, media relations specialist

Jeff Tyson is a media relations specialist focusing on sustainability and the humanities. Prior to joining Cornell, Jeff worked as a radio producer at WNPR – Connecticut Public Radio, and as a reporter at Devex in Washington, DC, where he covered the World Bank and international development trends. Jeff began his career at National Public Radio, where he produced for NPR’s Weekend EditionMorning Edition and Tell Me More with Michel Martin. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from the University of Rochester.

Office: 607-255-7701
Cell: 607-793-5769