Expert Sources

We welcome inquiries from journalists.

The faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy includes more than 100 scholars with expertise in a wide variety of domestic and international policy topics.

Contact the communications office staff for help finding a source. We will strive to connect you with our experts quickly so you can meet your deadline. For on-campus video interviews, please contact us to arrange space and parking.


Kirsten Khire

Associate Dean of Communications and Marketing

Kirsten Khire brings almost 20 years of communications management and leadership experience to the Sanford School of Public Policy. She has significant experience in management, internal communications, external communications, media relations, marketing, and event planning, with many accomplishments in brand building, fundraising communications, student recruitment and donor relations. Most recently, Khire served as executive director of external relations of the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte. Prior to her leadership role in the UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business, Khire was Head of Communications for the research organization Bioversity International, based in Rome, Italy. She also served for 10 years at Michigan State University as Director of Communications for the College of Communication Arts & Sciences and Director of Communications for the National Food Safety & Toxicology Center. Earlier in her career, she was a journalist at several newspapers in Florida and an editor for a New Zealand-based international magazine.

Khire holds bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in Technology and Communication (Digital Communication) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has served on the boards of PRSA Charlotte and the PRSA Southeast District.


Jackie Ogburn

Senior Public Relations Manager, Communications

Jackie Ogburn handles media relations and edits publications for the Sanford School, including the The Sanford Memo, the alumni enewsletter, the yearly faculty guide and Sanford Insights.  She writes about faculty research and student projects, as well as covering events and other school news. She has been part of the Communications Office since 2007.

In addition to her work as Sanford, Jackie is also a children's book author. Her picture books have earned starred reviews, and have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Greek and French. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical version of  The Bake Shop Ghost. That story was also made into a short film that screened in festivals around the world.


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