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Washington Post Reporter Named Next UM Pollner Professor

Mar. 12, 2012

MISSOULA –

Washington Post popular culture critic Hank Stuever will be the 2012 T. Anthony Pollner Professor at The University of Montana School of Journalism.

Stuever will teach a course on pop culture coverage and will mentor students working at the Montana Kaimin, the campus newspaper.

The Pollner professorship was created in 2000 to honor the memory of UM alumnus Anthony Pollner. It brings to campus each fall a nationally prominent journalist who teaches for the semester in the journalism school.

Stuever began his career at the Albuquerque Tribune, then spent three years as a reporter for the Austin-American Statesman before joining the Post in 1999. He was a feature writer for a decade before becoming the paper’s TV critic in 2009.

He was twice a Pulitzer finalist in feature writing. Stuever also is the author of two books, “Off Ramp: Adventures and Heartache in the American Elsewhere” and “Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present.” He’s made numerous appearances on network television news and talk programs and has contributed commentaries on National Public Radio.

“I’ve always secretly hoped I would get a chance like this someday, to not only teach a class and share what I know but also learn from a group of committed students who care deeply about journalism and writing,” Stuver said. “I’m thrilled to have been chosen. And I’m impressed by what The University of Montana and the Pollner family have created with this unique position.”

Carol Van Valkenburg, a professor emerita at the school who heads the Pollner selection committee, said Stuever was selected from a strong field of nearly 30 applicants, which included several Pulitzer Prize winners.

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