UMass Lowell’s Remote TV Studio Ready for Prime Time

Tap Experts in Politics, Anti-Terrorism, Health Care and More for Live TV Interviews


Looking for expert sources who can deliver instant analysis on breaking news? The University of Massachusetts Lowell now offers its faculty experts for live TV interviews from a new, state-of-the-art studio that makes it easy for media organizations to enhance coverage of the issues of the day.

A respected public university led by former congressman Marty Meehan, UMass Lowell has a large faculty comprised of world-class experts who can comment on news trends including terrorism, politics and elections, family issues, health-care reform, fighting the obesity epidemic, the economy, popular culture, federal debt negotiations, scientific innovation such as nanotechnology and more. 

With just a phone call, news organizations are able to line up guests for upcoming shows and set up transmission. The new studio is equipped with VideoLink ReadyCam® technology that includes a broadcast-quality SD camera. Skilled technicians from VideoLink control the camera, lighting and video transmission.

UMass Lowell’s many experts include:

  • James Forest, a well-known expert on anti-terrorism who teaches in UMass Lowell’s Criminal Justice Department, is a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University and former director of terrorism studies at the United States Military Academy.
  • Marty Meehan, UMass Lowell chancellor since 2007 and a former U.S. Representative, has led the university through an unprecedented period of growth in student enrollment, campus expansion and raised nearly $40 million for the university. His 14-year career in Congress included leading efforts to reform campaign finance, to take on the tobacco industry and to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
  • Doreen Arcus is an expert on family life, child development and relationships, who teaches psychology and works on issues related to the well-being of children in foster care and those with disabilities.
  • Frank Talty, a respected authority on elections, political polling and U.S. and Irish politics, has practiced civil litigation law in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for more than 20 years. 
  • Julie Chen, one of the nation’s leading experts on nanotechnology and manufacturing, directs UMass Lowell’s $59.3 million research enterprise.
  • Shortie McKinney is a nutrition and health expert who can discuss the causes of obesity among children and adults and offer advice on how to eat and live healthier. She is the dean of the School of Health and Environment.

To book a UMass Lowell expert for on-the-spot interviews, contact Christine Gillette at 978-934-2209.