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Press Officers

CBP has spokespersons in Washington, D.C. and around the country to assist members of the working press. 

The CBP Media Relations inbox and individual press inquiries are monitored Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern (except Federal holidays.)  Requests that come in outside that timeframe will be addressed the following business day. 

This policy is not to be construed as a declination to respond, rather, it is meant to ensure U.S. Customs and Border Protection is allowed to conduct the due-diligence required to respond appropriately.

Non-media inquiries can be addressed by the CBP INFO Center,

National Issues - HQ Press Officers

Lawrence "Rusty" Payne, Director of Media
Phone: (202) 325-0465
Peter Carr, Deputy Director of Media
Phone: (202) 325-1486
Stephanie Malin, Northern & Coastal Branch Chief
Phone: (405) 319-6490
Cecilia Barreda, Southwest Branch Chief
Phone: (202) 325-4536
Justin Long, Headquarters Branch Chief
Phone: (202) 341-3586
Rhonda Lawson, Public Affairs Specialist
Phone: (202) 856-2358
Tammy Melvin, Public Affairs Specialist
Phone: (202) 341-3602

State Listings - Regional Press Officers

Public Affairs Specialist States Covered
Robert Daniels
(520) 519-7038
John Mennell
(202) 644-2560
Jaime I Ruiz
(562) 980-3110
California (Los Angeles and Northern), Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska
Jacqueline Wasiluk
(619) 744-5245
California (Southern)
Ryan Brisette
(617) 565-6006
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Stephen Sapp
(215) 594-4117
Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Rob Brisley
(404) 997-7867
Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Steve Bansbach
(312) 983-5344
Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Pennsylvania (Erie), Minnesota, Nebraska
Matthew Dyman
(504) 670-2284
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee
Kris Grogan
(586) 239-2928
Michigan, North Dakota
Jason Givens
(206) 370-3812
Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington
Anthony Bucci
(646) 733-3275
New York (New York City), Northern New Jersey
Mike Niezgoda
(716) 626-6451
New York State (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany)
Yolanda Choates
(713) 387-7360
Oklahoma, Texas (Dallas, Houston)
Jeffrey Quinones
(787) 607-2689
Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Caribbean
Gregory L Davis
(432) 729-5316
Texas (Big Bend)
Dennis Smith
(830) 778-7051
Texas (Del Rio)
Roderick Kise
(956) 289-5976
Texas (Rio Grande Valley)
Thomas Gresback
(202) 407-4267
Texas (Rio Grande Valley)
Rick Pauza
(956) 753-1015
Texas (South)
Sara Melendez
(956) 764-3349
Texas (South)
Landon Hutchens
(915) 834-8547
Texas (West), New Mexico
Roger Maier
(915) 730-7269
Texas (West), New Mexico
Last modified: 
June 12, 2020