About Us

John Carberry, director and media spokesperson
John Carberry is the director of the Media Relations Office, as well as a media specialist focusing on breaking news, Ithaca and the local region, and news related to Cornell and its administration. He also acts at the university’s media spokesperson. 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
Cell: 607-227-0767
Email: johncarberry@cornell.edu

Kathleen Corcoran, media relations specialist
Kathleen Corcoran is based in Washington DC and serves as Cornell’s media relations specialist focusing on the federal government and hosts Inside Cornell DC events featuring Cornell faculty and research. She also manages the media relations program for Cornell Law School. Corcoran has worked in Washington DC for 20 years as a political and corporate speechwriter, documentary producer, editor and public relations professional.  She served on the board of The Fishing School, a program for at-risk children in Washington DC.  She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from The University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Office: 703-299-6738
Cell: 571-276-2631
Email: kmc327@cornell.edu

Syl Kacapyr, media relations specialist
Syl Kacapyr is the media relations specialist focusing on science and technology, the humanities and the arts, travel and tourism, national radio news and New York City. He frequently travels to The City to host Inside Cornell NYC and other media events featuring Cornell faculty and research. Previously, he was a news anchor, reporter and producer for several radio stations in Upstate New York, and interned for Capitol Records’ urban marketing department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College.

Office: 607-255-7701
Cell: 607-339-6450
Email: vpk6@cornell.edu

Melissa Osgood, media relations specialist
Melissa Osgood is the media relations specialist focusing on agriculture, food, nutrition, health, medical technology; and energy, climate and sustainability. She also coordinates media outreach and events in Boston featuring Cornell faculty experts. Previously, she worked in communications for the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council as well as a private high school in Buffalo, N.Y. She interned for several television and radio stations and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Hiram College.

Office: 607-255-2059
Cell: 716-860-0587
Email: mmo59@cornell.edu

Joseph Schwartz, media relations specialist
Joseph Schwartz is the media relations specialist focusing on economics, business and labor; New York State government, natural sciences, wildlife and companion animal veterinary medicine, and op-eds. 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: 607-351-4221
Email: joe.schwartz@cornell.edu