Emily Steele

Emily Steele
Media Communications Coordinator
548A Bevier Hall MC 184 , 905 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 265-9231
Affiliated Content Areas
Communications and Marketing

Emily Steele is a skilled communicator with a background in journalism and more than 15 years’ experience in storytelling. She serves on the Illinois Extension communications team as a Media Communications Coordinator providing support to horticulture, agriculture, and natural resources program staff statewide. 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 Bachelor’s in journalism from Eastern Illinois University. She joined Illinois Extension in 2015 as a Publicity Promotion Specialist serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt counties. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter, copy editor, and designer at several newspapers. She is passionate about conserving the natural world and is pursuing a Master’s in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from University of Illinois. 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 bicycling around Illinois.

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

Horticulture and Gardening

Natural Resources



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