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 of 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 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 serving 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 bicycling around Illinois.

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

Horticulture and Gardening

Natural Resources



4-H Youth Development