Laura Lessnau

Assistant Vice President for News


Laura directs the news enterprise with a staff of primarily former journalists dedicated to telling meaningful stories about the university to the world. The news team develops strategic communications plans that include news stories, media pitches, multimedia presentations, social media outreach, experts advisories and news websites. Michigan News includes an international team of storytellers who translate stories and reach out to audiences in four languages.

Laura joined the university as associate director in 2002 after a career as bureau chief, editor and reporter at the Detroit Free Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Associated Press.