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Erin Zagursky

Senior Associate Director of University News

Phone: 757-221-1020
Email: [[eazagu]]
Duties: Serves as primary writer for major events and general assignment. Also helps coordinate the News & Media social network sites, has the lead on web posting of news stories and photos and also serves as backup spokesperson and contact for press queries.
Beat: Major Events, Civic Engagement, Student Health and Wellness, Diversity, Rankings, Information Technology liaison, University Advancement liaison (with Suzanne Seurattan)

About Erin

I've long been awed by the power and beauty of well-told tales, and I decided early on that joining the ranks of the world's storytellers would be my life's pursuit – although I wasn't quite sure what shape that would take.

I studied English at Christopher Newport University in my hometown of Newport News and considered a career in journalism, but I ended up spending my first year after graduation telling stories in a different way: as a historical interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg. Although that position allowed me to scratch my storytelling itch, I missed writing and began looking for positions in journalism and public relations.

I was accepted into the U.S. Air Force's PALACE Acquire program for public affairs, and started at Langley Air Force Base's Air Combat Command the day before 9/11. Needless to say, it was an interesting time to begin working for the Air Force's warfighting command.

I spent three years working at Langley in both the Air Combat Command (ACC) and 1st Fighter Wing Public Affairs Offices. During that time, I also attended the Defense Information School's Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course at Fort Meade, Maryland.

After completing the Palace Acquire program, I became the chief of media relations for the 435th Air Base Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where I spent two years working with news agencies as they covered stories related to both the base and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During my time with the Air Force, I was lucky enough to work in all three areas of Air Force public affairs: media relations, internal information and community relations. I wrote news stories and press releases, worked with press from around the world and organized special visits and events. I have been quoted as an Air Force spokesperson by various media outlets and had the privilege of traveling to such locations as the Republic of Georgia and even Iraq for a week to conduct public affairs work. I was also presented with several honors, including ACC's Print Journalist of the Year Award and the Air Force's Outstanding Public Affairs Entry-Level Civilian (MAJCOM Level) of the Year Award.

I returned to Virginia in 2006 and soon after took a "temporary" position at William & Mary as an information manager. Since then, I have served University Relations (now News & Media) as lead writer, news manager and, now, associate director of university news.

During my time at the university, I have also served on the campus-wide Diversity Committee as well as the Professionals and Professional Faculty Assembly, where I chaired the communications committee. I received a Diversity Recognition Award from the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity and a certificate of achievement from the W&M ROTC program for support of the military science department.

In William & Mary, I have found a never-ending source of compelling stories, and I look forward to telling them for many years to come.