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UAA announces 2013-14 Atwood Chair of Journalism

Journalist Mark Trahant will serve as the 20th Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The position brings nationally known journalists to teach courses and speak to students, journalists and the public in Alaska.

Trahant has been reporting about Indian Country since the 1970s. He’s been an editor, a reporter, a columnist, a TV correspondent and an author of several books. He’s also a Twitter poet, writing a daily news poem under the handle @newsrimes4lines. Trahant most recent book is “The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars, about Sen. Henry M. Jackson. 

Trahant was recently awarded a fellowship to the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy. For the past three years, he has been an editor in residence at the University of Idaho, School of Journalism and Mass Media. He was a 2009 Kaiser Media Fellow, writing about health care reform with the focus of its impact on Indian Country. He’s also been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in an Alaska native village. He is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and is a former president of the Native American Journalists Association.

Trahant is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors and a cartoonist. He has been chairman and chief executive officer at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and a former columnist at The Seattle Times. He has been publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho; executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune; a reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix; and has worked at several tribal newspapers. 

“This is an exciting time for a young person to begin a career in journalism today,” Trahant said. “I look forward to working with the students at the University of Alaska Anchorage to help shape that future.”

Trahant will teach Information Gathering and Global Media and Communications Systems this fall and Multimedia Journalism and Enterprise Reporting in the spring.

The Atwood Chair of Journalism is among the nation’s most prestigious endowed journalism chairs. Anchorage Times publisher Robert B. Atwood established the Atwood Chair at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1979. Among the many positive contributions Bob and Evangeline Atwood made to Alaska’s civic life, the Atwood Chair of Journalism has helped educate the state’s next generation of journalists. 

Learn more about the 2013 Atwood Chair at http://www.marktrahant.org

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Cassidy White ● University of Alaska Anchorage 
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Paola Banchero • UAA Journalism and Public Communication Department

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pbanchero@uaa.alaska.edu

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