Media Contacts

Margaret Nagle
Senior Director of Public Relations and Operations
Acting News Manager
207.581.3745; 207.949.4149

Role:
Margaret Nagle is Senior Director of Public Relations and Operations in the Division of Marketing and Communications. She is responsible for managing UMaine’s public relations efforts, with a focus on news and media relations, and production of UMaine Today, a magazine distributed nationwide that highlights UMaine creativity and achievement.

Bio: Nagle has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in education from the University of Maine. A former newspaper reporter, she has been a member of the staff since 1985.


Beth Staples
News Writer
207.581.3777

Role: Beth Staples is a News Writer in the Division of Marketing and Communications. She promotes teaching, research and public service achievements of University of Maine professors and accomplishments of students. Staples writes news releases and advisories as well as stories for UMaine Today, other university publications and the website.

Bio: Staples earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Colby College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism at UMaine. The former newspaper editor has won New England Press Association and Maine Press Association writing awards. Staples played and coached high school and college basketball and softball and is a color analyst for games broadcast on 92.9 The Ticket. She also serves on the Maine Sports Hall of Fame board of directors.

Elyse Kahl
News Writer
207.581.3747

Role: Elyse Kahl is a News Writer in the Division of Marketing and Communications. Kahl is responsible for developing stories that demonstrate the quality and value of teaching, research and achievements in the UMaine community. Kahl writes news releases and articles for UMaine Today, the UMaine website and other university publications.

Bio: Kahl has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maine. Before joining the staff, Kahl was a weekend, copy and Web editor for the Bangor Daily News.


Walter BeckwithWalter Beckwith
Research Communications Coordinator
207.581.3729

Role: Walter Beckwith is the Research Communications Coordinator in the Division of Marketing and Communications, working in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research. He serves as a liaison with UMaine’s research centers and institutes, and maintains the UMaine research website. He writes and disseminates news and information about UMaine research, scholarship and creative achievement, including news releases and articles for UMaine Today.

Bio: Beckwith has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in Quaternary and climate studies, with a focus in archaeology, from the University of Maine. He has participated in international research projects in North, Central and South America, and has served as a photographer for National Geographic-sponsored projects. Beckwith is from Gardiner, Maine, and joined the University of Maine’s Division of Marketing and Communications in 2016.


Casey KellyCasey Kelly
207.581.3751
Communications Coordinator, College of Education and Human Development

Role: Casey Kelly is the Communications Coordinator for the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development, and embedded in the Division of Marketing and Communications. He maintains the COEHD website and handles external communications for the college. Kelly writes news releases and articles for UMaine Today, the UMaine website and other university publications that highlight the teaching, research and public service accomplishments of COEHD professors and students.

Bio: Kelly earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. He worked for nearly a decade as a public radio reporter in Alaska, where he had multiple stories featured on NPR.