2014 Communicator of the Year: Liz Abel

Liz AbelLiz Abel, University of Utah’s senior associate athletics director for communications, directs the athletic department’s public relations and publicity efforts and manages the new media and broadcast/video divisions.

Liz oversees communication for the department and partnerships with media for Football and Gymnastics. She helped transition the University of Utah into the Pac 12 by coordinating with the press and overseeing the social media programs for the department as the University entered the conference.

Liz and her team helped provide innovative ways to reach fans with the development of the New Media department, an organization that focuses on reaching fans in real-time during sporting events. Her teams help bring streaming video of athletic events to audiences all over the world, and coordinates game production, photography, press conferences, and overall communication between the athletic department and several key audiences.

Liz came to the U. in 1983 as the assistant sports information director and was promoted to associate SID in 1988; She was elevated to associate AD in 2004 and has been a senior associate athletics director since 2011.

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