Doug Mell serves as the director of Executive Communications and External Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he has worked since October 2006. Mell directs the office, which provides information for the public on UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University. The office works with the news media to develop stories on UW-Stout events and the accomplishments of its students, faculty and staff, and is responsible for internal campus communications. Mell is responsible for liaison activities with the state Legislature, other state and local officials and the community. He serves on the Chancellor’s Cabinet and is the official spokesperson for the university. Before coming to UW-Stout, Mell had a 16-year career at the Eau Claire (Wis.) Leader-Telegram as city editor and managing editor. He was a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wis., for 10 years.