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.
Rebecca Valli, 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.
Abby Butler, media relations coordinator
Abby Butler focuses on Cornell’s connections to the local community and supporting institutional media efforts. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and American history from Binghamton University and spent time reporting for local papers in the Southern Tier and Catskills.
Lindsey Hadlock, media relations specialist
Lindsey Hadlock specializes in research and experts related to agriculture and food. She also focuses on Cornell's connections to New York state and New York City. 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.
John Munson, video producer
John Munson produces videos on all topics for the Cornell Chronicle and media relations. After 30 years as a newspaper photojournalist, he joined the office of Media Relations and News in 2019. He began his journalism career at The University of Michigan while working for the student newspaper The Michigan Daily.
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.
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.
Abigail Shroba, media relations associate
Abigail Shroba works on social media, on-campus media support, and metrics and reporting as the media relations associate. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State and worked in academic and educational publishing before joining the Media Relations team.
Gillian Smith, media relations specialist
Gillian Smith is a media relations specialist focusing on social science and the humanities, and Cornell’s connections to the local community and New York City. In addition, she specializes in creating avenues for Cornell research and experts in new and emerging media and news platforms. Before joining the team at Cornell, she was a video producer in the communications office at Boston University School of Medicine. She previously worked as a digital producer for the NBC affiliate in Boston and began her career as the editor of an independent newspaper on Massachusetts' South Shore. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Ithaca College.
Jeff Tyson, media relations specialist
Jeff Tyson is a media relations specialist focusing on the environment, climate, technology, space and op-eds. Prior to joining Cornell, Jeff worked as a radio producer at WNPR – Connecticut Public Radio, and as a reporter at Devex in Washington, D.C., 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 Edition, Morning 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.