Kevin Fryling is a news and media specialist with IU Communications, focusing on science on the IU Bloomington campus. He has more than 10 years of experience as a writer and editor at large research universities, including the University at Buffalo, where he also earned a master’s in English, and IU, where he has also worked at the IU School of Medicine and Indiana CTSI. A former newspaper reporter who majored in English and minored in computer science, he enjoys translating technical topics into flowing prose and AP style.
Steve Hinnefeld is a writer and media relations specialist with IU Communications. A former newspaper reporter, he enjoys learning about and sharing the eclectic research and teaching that takes place at Indiana University. IU Communications interns and staff from all IU campuses and schools will help keep this site vibrant and timely.
Bill Hornaday is the media specialist for IU’s Office of the Vice President for Engagement, where he publicizes Innovate Indiana’s statewide economic development initiatives. A native Texan, Bill was raised in south Arkansas. He majored in history and journalism at Baylor University, and earned a master’s degree in journalism studies from the University of North Texas. Bill has worked for over two decades as a professional communicator, educator, textbook author and editor, and award-winning journalist, including stints as a business and investigative reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Indianapolis Star, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
As assurance communication manager, Tracy James helps with traditional and social media messaging concerning activities related to Public Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management and Continuity, information security and other safety issues at IU. Before beginning her job at PSIA in 2014, she worked for almost 11 years on the IU Bloomington News and Media team, and worked for 11 years as a daily newspaper reporter in Southern Illinois before that.
Ryan Piurek is the interim IU assistant vice president for public affairs and presidential communications. A Connecticut native, he arrived in Bloomington, Ind., in 1998 and earned a master’s degree from the IU School of Journalism. Ryan has worked in presidential communications and media relations at IU, as well as in creative and PR agency settings. An avid follower of popular culture, politics and sports, he particularly enjoys sharing the many amazing happenings in the humanities at IU and exploring, along with his two children, all that one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses has to offer.
Rich Schneider is an IU Communications news and media specialist on the IUPUI campus. Before coming to IUPUI in 2000, he had been a newspaper reporter and communicator for Indiana state agencies. As a reporter, he worked at newspapers in Illinois and Indiana, including The Indianapolis News, where he served as a State House reporter. He also served as a communicator for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and press secretary to Indiana Attorneys General Jeff Modisett and Pamela Carter. He likes to share news about IUPUI’s students, faculty and staff.
April Toler is the news and media specialist for the health and lifestyle beat at IU Communications, where she covers the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, campus diversity and student life. Before coming to IU in 2013, she had been a newspaper reporter in Illinois, Florida and Indiana. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, frolicking outdoors, reading and listening to music. She enjoys sharing news about health topics and IU’s contribution to a healthier state and world.
George Vlahakis, a proud graduate of the IU School of Journalism, returned to work for his alma mater in 1990 after a career that included reporting for The Republic in Columbus, Ind., and the Birmingham (Ala.) News, and various magazines. The author of an award-winning book about Bloomington, George publicizes research and other news coming out of IU's Kelley School of Business, the IU School of Journalism, as well as a plethora of international area studies programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. An avid traveler, George has reported extensively, through other blogs, about the university's activities in China, India and Korea and about great things he finds to eat along the way.
Wilkins is a native of Southern California and graduated from the University of California-Irvine, where she also worked in marketing and communications. During her time there, she coordinated major media events for the university for such distinguished guests as the Dalai Lama and Paul McCartney. She also has worked for such organizations as Fox Television Studios in Beverly Hills, California; Zimmer in Warsaw, Indiana; and most recently served as chief communications officer for the regional IU/Purdue campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne. When she’s not at work, Nicole enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband (and proud IU Bloomington graduate) Chris and their three beautiful children, Gavin, Sydney, and Pierce. In addition to her travels and exploring her newly adopted Btown home, Nicole can be found cheering on her kids at their swim meets and rooting for the Hoosiers at a football or basketball game.