Research Guide

Resources & References for Writers

The WGA knows better than most that writing projects don’t just materialize out of thin air. Writers pour countless hours of research into their work in order to make their finished product as honest and accurate as possible. In order to ease this research process, the Guild has compiled this list of organizational and professional entities. Writers can use this list of contacts as a quick-reference guide.

The inclusion of an organization or entity on this list does not in and of itself indicate endorsement by or affiliation with the Guild.

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Department of Defense

Department of Defense Acronyms and Dictionary of Military Terms
General Contact
Office of Public Affairs (Army Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps)
Philip Strub
Director, Entertainment Media
Department of Defense
The Pentagon, Room 2E592
Washington, DC 20301-1400
(703) 695-2936 / FAX (703) 695-1149

Diplomatic Security Service

Diplomatic Security Service Website
General Contact
Angela French
(Television, Motion Picture and Book Liaison)
DSS Headquarters, U.S. Department of State
Office of Public Affairs
571-242-3526 cell
571-345-2507 office


Director, Navy Office of Information West
10880 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1220
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 235-7481 / FAX (310) 235-7856

Air Force

Director, Secretary of the Air Force
Office of Public Affairs – Entertainment Liaison
10880 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1240
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 235-7511 / FAX (310) 235-7500

Marine Corps

Director, Marine Corps Public Affairs
Motion Picture and Television Liaison
10880 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1230
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 235-7272 / FAX (310) 235-7274


Federal Contact

U.S. Army Public Affairs
Media Relations Division
Office of the Chief of Public Affairs
1500 Army Pentagon, Room 1E475
Washington, DC 20310-1500

Los Angeles / Entertainment Industry Contact

Chief, Office of Army Chief of Public Affairs
Los Angeles Branch
10880 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1250
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 235-7621 / FAX (310) 235-6075

Army Public Affairs (OCPA) Contacts:

Office Website
Department of Defense – Press Operations: 703.697.5131
Public Affairs Northeast (OCPA New York): 212.784.0112
Army Entertainment Office (OCPA West): 310-279-8342 | Website

Media Query Contacts by Subject:

Operations, intelligence, and logistics – 703.697.7662 or 703.697.5343
Weapons, environment, and technology – 703.693.5084 or 703.697.7592
Personnel and human resources – 703.695.0373 or 703.693.7859

Air Traffic Control

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Office

Office of Public Affairs
800 Independence Avenue, SW Room 908
Washington, DC 20591

Eastern Region

1 Aviation Plaza, Room 542
Jamaica, NY 11434-4809
Phone: (718) 553-3015
Eastern Region Public Affairs Contacts
Arlene Salac –
Jim Peters –

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)


Federal Headquarters

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
ATTN: Public Affairs Division
99 New York Avenue, NE, Room 5.S-144
Washington, DC 20226
Media Contacts
Office of Public and Governmental Affairs
April Langwell
Chief, Public Affairs Division
Voice: (202) 648-8686

Frank Kelsey
Deputy Chief, Public Affairs Division
Voice: (901) 331-4121

Janice L. Kemp
Public Affairs Specialist
(202) 648-7953, Direct

New York Division

New York Group VI (Industry Operations)
Financial Square
32 Old Slip, Suite 3500
New York, New York 10005
Media Contact
Matthew Fleming
Public Information Officer
Voice: (646) 335-9000
Fax: (646) 335-9001

United States Coast Guard

1st District Northeast Public Affairs Detachment New York
1 South Street
New York, NY 10004

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
National Media & Press Inquiries: 202-307-7977
New York Media & Press Inquiries: Erin Mulvey; 212-337-2906
Office of Training
P.O. Box 1475
Quantico, Virginia 22124-1475

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Betsy Glick
(Television, Motion Picture and Book Liaison)
FBI Headquarters
Office of Public Affairs
Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit
FBI National Press Office (national news media) : 202-304-3691
FBI New York Field Press Office: (NY media/local only)  212-384-2100
General Inquiries (national):

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Federal Headquarters

500 C St., SW Washington, DC 20472
FEMA Newsdesk, 202.646.3272

FEMA Region II – New York

26 Federal Plaza, Suite 1337
New York, NY 10278-0002
External Affairs Information Desk: 212.680.8516
Press Contact: Kristina Simpson (

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Office of Multimedia

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Brandon A. Montgomery
ICE Entertainment & Multimedia Office of Public Affairs Washington, DC
General Media Inquiries:

Veterans Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20420
Media Relations

State & City

Fire Department of New York (FDNY)

James Long
Public Affairs Director – Press Office

New York City Board of Education

Office of Communications & Media Relations
52 Chambers Street, Room 314
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212.374.5141
Fax: 212.374.5584

Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME)

Julie Menin, Commissioner
Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
1697 Broadway, 6th floor
New York, NY
212.489.6710 main
212.307.6237 fax
Send an email: Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting

NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME)

Director of Public Affairs
Media Inquiries: 212.447.2041
General Inquiries: 212.447.2030

Office of Emergency Management, NYC (OEM)

165 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Press office: 718.422.4888

New York Police Department (NYPD)

NYPD Midtown North Precinct

Officer Joe Dunne
Community Outreach Officer/Patrol Officer
212.767.8400, select ‘0’
Availability: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11:00am to 3:30pm.

Office of Deputy Commissioner, Public Information

One Police Plaza Room 1320
New York, NY 10038
Attn: DCPI
NYPD Public Information Contacts

New York City Public Advocate

1 Centre Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Media Inquiries
Morgan Rubin
Press Secretary


Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Association


The American Board of Anesthesiology
Michele Pore, M.B.A.
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
(919) 745-2283

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Media Contacts
Theresa Hill, MS
Director of Public Relations

Amy Williams, MSIMC
Director of Marketing & Communications

General Contact
ASA Communications Office

American Medical Association

Media Inquiries
Link to email questions:

Blindness and Low Vision

Lighthouse International

111 E. 59th St
New York NY 10022-1202


National Cancer Institute

Media Relations Branch
Building 31, Room 10A25
31 Center Drive, MSC 2580
Bethesda, MD 20892-2980

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333
Media Inquires: 404.639.3286
General:  800.232.4636

FDNY – Mobil CPR Training Unit



Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

Media Relations
26 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
Media Contact:
CJ Volpe
National Director, Public Relations & Communications

American Diabetes Association

2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22202
Media Contact:
Michelle Kirkwood
Vice President, Strategic Communications & Public Relations

Disability Issues

Disabilities Network of NYC

c/o Fund for the City of New York
Lawrence Carter-Long
Executive Director
121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013
212.925.6675 ext. 293

Wheels of Progress

George Gallego
Founder & CEO
1325 Fifth Ave. Suite 4B New York, NY 10029


Epilepsy Foundation

8301 Professional Place
Landover, MD 20785
Media Contact
Ken Lowenberg
Vice President – Communications & Digital Strategy

Genetic Counseling

National Society of Genetic Counselors
401 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Media Contact
Rachel Bowen, Public Communicaitons Inc. | 312.558.1770

Public Health Topics

Hollywood, Health & Society at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
Twitter: @HollwdHealth
Facebook: HollywoodHealth
Provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for health storylines.
Primary Contact
Kate Langrall Folb
8383 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 650
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
General Contact
(323) 782-3323
Climate Change Initiative Contact
Roberta Cruger
Program Specialist


National Athletic Trainers’ Association
1620 Valwood Parkway, Suite 115
Carrollton, TX 75006
Primary Contact
Ellen Satlof
PR Manager
214.637.6282 ext. 159

General Medical Information

Mayo Clinic

Karl Oestreich
Media Relations Director
507-284-5005 |
Websites by category: 
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Research and Physician Education Programs
Treatment Approaches

Organ Donors

United Network for Organ Sharing

Mary Beth Murphy
Director of Communications
700 North 4th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
News Bureau 804.782.4730 |

Orthopaedic Surgery

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Lauren Pearson Riley
Manager, Public and Media Relations
847.384.4031 |

Planned Parenthood

Office of Arts and Entertainment Engagement
Caren Spruch



Chakrasambara Buddhist Center
322 Eighth Ave, Suite 502
New York, NY 10001


American Baptist Association

4605 N. State Line Avenue
Texarkana, TX 75503

National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. 

Baptist World Center Headquarters
1700 Baptist World Center Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
Phone: 615.228.6292
Toll Free: 866.531.3054

Southern Baptist Convention
Link to email inquiry

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

Media Relations
Office of Communications
212.371.1011 Ext. 2990

United Church of Christ

National Office
700 Prospect Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115
The Rev. J. Bennett Guess
Director of Communication
Phone: 216.736.2173
Fax: 216.736.2223

Christian Science

Media Contact (USA)
Allison Doty 617.283.1644
Media Contact (International)
Tony Lobl
Committee on Publication Manager of the Committee Phil Davis

Episcopal Church Center

815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
212.716.6136, 6137; 800.334.7626, ext. 6136, ext. 6137
Reference Links
Research & Statistics


National Association of Evangelicals
PO Box 23269
Washington, DC 20026
Phone: 202.789.1011

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

ELCA Commission for Multicultural Ministries
8765 W. Higgins Rd. Chicago, IL 60631-4185
Shenandoah Gale
Director for Anti-Racism Commitment
Phone: 773.380.28362
800.638.3522 x 2862

United Methodist Church

Office of Public Information
810 12th Avenue S. Nashville, TN 37203
Media contact:
Ben Rhodes


ByFaith Magazine
The Web Magazine of the
Presbyterian Church in America Richard Doster


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Public Affairs
Ahmad Corbitt

Pentecostal Tabernacle International

18415 NW 7th Ave. Miami, FL 33169


Arsha Bodha Center

84 Cortelyous Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873


Jewish Reconstructionist Federation

Beit Devora
101 Greenwood Ave. Suite 430
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Communications Associate
Victoria Cangelosi
215.885.5601 ext. 28

Orthodox Union

11 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
Director of Communications and Marketing
David Olivestone

Stephen Steiner
Director of Public Relations

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

820 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017-4504
Telephone: 212.533.7800

Union for Reform Judaism

633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-6778
Marketing and Outreach Specialist
Rabbi Victor Appell


Baha’i National Center

1233 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Media Contacts
Glen Fullmer or Ellen Price
Media Inquiries (National and International Affairs)
For questions on persecution of Baha’is in Iran or other Muslim countries,
Baha’i involvement at the U.N., in promotion of human rights, advancement of women, sustainable development, religious freedom and other public policy issues.
Ariel Olson Surowidjojo


Collections & Stories of American Muslims

Amir Muhammad
2524 Elvans Road, SE Washington, DC 20020

MOST Resource

Production Department
USC School of Cinematic Arts,
Steven Spielberg Building
Los Angeles, CA 90089
As Muslim themes and characters appear more often in television and film, writers and producers face a complex challenge: presenting multidimensional characters and stories that transcend stereotypes. MOST offers a resource service — fast facts, polls, research, experts—about Islam and the Muslim world.

Unity Productions Foundation (UPF)

P.O. Box 650458
Potomac Falls, VA 20165-0458
Fax 703.738.7044
The mission of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is to create peace through the media. A nonprofit organization founded in 1999, UPF produces documentary films for both television, broadcast, online viewing, and theatrical release, and implements long-term educational campaigns aimed at increasing understanding between people of different faiths and cultures, especially between Muslims and other faiths.


Church of Scientology International

6331 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6329
Public Relations Director
Ms. Karin Pouw
VP for Cultural Affairs
Edward Parkin


Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Janet Hayes
Public Relations Director

John Hurley
Director of Communications
jhurley @

General Religious Information

Religious Tolerance

Religious Facts


Define American
Managing Director
Elizabeth Voorhees
Entertainment Media Manager
Noelle Lindsay Stewart

Define American’s Entertainment Media Department spearheads consultations with entertainment industry executives, showrunners, and writers to help them develop more realistic immigrant characters and navigate complex immigration-related storylines with the goal of creating positive and long-lasting cultural change.

Issues and Communities: Immigration, Immigrant Rights, Undocumented Immigrants, Communities of Color

Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA
160 Haines Hall
Box 951545
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1545
Hollywood Diversity Report
The Bunche Center was established as an Organized Research Unit (ORU), with the mission to develop and strengthen African American Studies through five primary organizational branches: research, academic programs, library and media center, special projects, and publications.

Ghetto Film School

Educates, develops and celebrates the next generation of great American storytellers. In Partnership With Untitled-1.

GFS Roster
About the GFS Roster

Media Contact
Breanna Butler, Hiltzik Strategies

LGBTQ+ Issues

Lambda Legal
Media Contact
Amanda Remus
Senior Public Information Officer
212-809-8585 x 266
Glossary of LGBTQ+ Terms


St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church
100 N. Oxford St.
St. Paul, MN 55104-6540
Pastor Anita Hill and Pastor Keith Olstad
Phone: 651.224.3371

Women in the Arts & Media, Inc. (WAM) 

Shellen Lubin, Co-President
Leslie Shreve, Co-President
244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2932
New York, NY 10010


American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
Ann Canty
Senior Vice President for Communications, Marketing & Digital

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

City Hall Library

Supervising Librarian Christine Bruzzese,
31 Chambers Street, Room 112
New York, NY 10007
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10am to 4pm
Tuesday, Friday: 10 AM to 12 PM
call 311 or 212.63.9675 (outside of New York)

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040
Press Inquiries

El Museo del Barrio

Communications Officer Inés Aslan

The Jewish Museum

Anne Scher
Director of Communications
1109 5th Ave,
New York, NY 10128

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

97 Orchid Street
New York, NY
Press: 212.431.0233 Ext. 235

Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028-0198
Press Inquiries

The New York Public Library

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
The New York Public Library
Press Inquiries

New York Public Library

The Digital Library
to unique and rare materials from the
New York Public Library

Library for the Performing Arts

New York Public Library
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum

Betsy Ennis
Director, Media and Public Relations
345 Hudson Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10014-4502

The Morgan Library & Museum

Communications and Marketing department

Museum for African Art

3601 43rd Ave, Fl 3
Long Island City

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
Collections & Research Center:
70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013

The Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Department of Communications

Museum of the Moving Image

Carl Goodman
Executive Director
36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106

New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368-2950
Media Relations
718.699.0005 ext. 323 or ext. 342.

The Paley Center for Media

25 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Public Affairs & Programs
Carrie Oman

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801

Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
Press Office



Inside Science | News Service of the American Institute of Physics

Emilie Lorditch
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3843 phone: 301.209.3029
Fax: 301.209.0846

Nature Conservancy

Scott Anderson
Associate Director, Media Relations


American Civil Liberties Union

Briana Ryan
Media Relations Liaison
125 Broad St.,
New York, NY 10004

Social Impact Topics

UCLA Global Media Center for Social Impact

Free, on-demand access for the entertainment industry to leading experts and cutting-edge resources on a range of topics.
Main Contact
Carla Denly
Assistant Dean for Communications

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