About Us

Rutgers Today is an online news center that provides a daily stream of news and events taking place on Rutgers’ three campuses to audiences both inside and outside of the university. The website showcases the best that Rutgers has to offer – groundbreaking research, public service, scholarship, exhibitions, performances, and stories about outstanding Rutgers students, faculty, and staff.

Videos and photo galleries exist side-by-side with breaking news and features of general interest. The website also provides links to external media coverage about Rutgers, the state of New Jersey, and the broader arena of higher education.

Please share your existing content and story ideas about interesting people – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – new programs or courses, books and faculty research, student initiatives, upcoming events, and other developments at Rutgers. Find out more about what we're looking for on our Submit News page or contact us directly. We’d look forward to hearing from you.

Rutgers Today Staff

Karen Ayres Smith - Managing Editor - Multimedia Executive Editor
Karen Smith

Email: smith.karen@rutgers.edu

Karen Ayres Smith joined the Office of News and Media Relations in April 2009 after working as a reporter and editor at The Dallas Morning News and The Times of Trenton. She served as assistant director for new and emerging media at Rutgers before assuming the role of senior director of the Office of News and Media Relations in January 2017. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a master's degree from The University of Texas at Arlington.


Carla Cantor - Managing Editor Managing Editor
Carla Cantor

Email: ccantor@ucm.rutgers.edu

Carla Cantor joined the Office of Media Relations in 2002. She served as editor of the university's faculty and staff newspaper before becoming managing editor of Rutgers Today in 2009. Carla was previously the editorial director of the health channel at America Online. She also has worked as an editor at CBS HealthWatch and as director of publications at New York University Medical Center. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Andrea Alexander Assistant Managing Editor - Features
Andrea Alexander
Email: aalexander@ucm.rutgers.edu

Andrea Alexander joined the Office of Media Relations in 2011 after working 14 years as a print journalist at several publications, including The Times of Trenton, Congressional Quarterly, The Asbury Park Press, and most recently The Record in Hackensack. She has written extensively about education, politics, land use and food issues. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The College of New Jersey and a diploma in baking and pastry from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.

Rutgers Today is produced by the Office of Media Relations.