Matt Thomas ’00


Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication at Gustavus Adolphus College

Matt joined Gustavus in March of 2007 as Media Relations Manager and currently serves as Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Matt writes press releases, feature stories and news stories for the college, updates content on the college's website, contributes to the College's social media marketing efforts, is a member of the emergency communication team, edits the College's all-staff newsletter, performs photography, and pitches stories to local, regional, and national media outlets.

Born in 1978 in St. Louis Park, Minn., Matt graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1996 before attending Gustavus where he earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and History in 2000. Following his graduation from Gustavus he spent seven years working as a journalist in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. His employers included in Hopkins, Lillie Suburban Newspapers in North St. Paul, The Lakeshore Weekly News in Minnetonka, and Courthouse News Service out of California. Matt also spent three years managing the online auction business at the home shopping network, ShopNBC in Eden Prairie. Matt has also worked as a freelance writer for and Minnesota Basketball News.

Matt is married to Molly Pedersen Thomas '00. They live in Chanhassen and have a seven year old son named Luke and a four year old daughter named Laney.

In his free time, Matt enjoys following the Duke University men's basketball team, playing tennis, basketball and softball, downhill skiing, and reading civil war history books.


B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College, 2000, Communication Studies and History

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