Assistant Director, Communications and Marketing
Zeke Barlow has been the communications manager for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences since 2012.
In this role, Barlow helps highlight the college’s research, academics, and accomplishments using stories, videos, and photographs. He also serves as a liaison between the media and the college.
His releases have lead to successfully placements in the New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, NPR, Time.com, Newsweek.com, Forbes.com, and on the National Science Foundation’s homepage, among others.
In 2014, he was named Communicator of the Year by University Relations for the creative and innovative ways he communicated Virginia Tech’s brand promises of quality, innovations, and results. That same year, he was also a finalist for the NSF’s International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge for his Art of Science project.
Before he began his career at Virginia Tech, Barlow was a staff writer at the Ventura (Calif.) County Star and The Roanoke Times, where he covered agriculture, the environment and land-use issues. He was also a foreign correspondent in Southeast Asia where he wrote about endangered species and pesticides for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Boston Globe. He has won numerous awards for his investigative work and writing.
Barlow received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and biology from Gettysburg College.
131 Smyth Hall
185 Ag Quad Lane