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Emily Steele

Emily Steele
Media Communications Manager

548A Bevier Hall MC 184 905 S. Goodwin Ave Urbana IL 61801

(217) 265-9231
Program Areas
Commercial Agriculture
Communications and Marketing
Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy

Emily Steele is a skilled science communicator with a background in journalism and more than 15 years of experience in storytelling. She serves on the Illinois Extension communications team, supporting natural resources, environment, and energy staff statewide including the Master Naturalist program, weather and climate, forestry, invasives, and nutrient loss reduction. A jack of all trades, her work includes writing, copy editing, social media management, project management, website design, graphic design, and video work.

Emily has a M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from University of Illinois and a B.A. in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University. She joined Illinois Extension in 2015 as a Publicity Promotion Specialist in DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt counties. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter, copy editor, and designer at several newspapers. She volunteers with her comfort dog Sophie at nursing homes, schools, and libraries in the Decatur area and, in the summer, puts in a lot of miles exploring Illinois on a bicyle.

Professional memberships

Telling the Extension Story

As an Extension communicator, Emily loves sharing a behind-the-scenes look into how Extension staff and volunteers are changing lives with their innovative work. 

Email Communications

Natural Resources, Environment and Energy

Horticulture and Gardening


Agriculture, Local Food Systems and Small Farms

4-H Youth Development