Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tamara Jones has been selected as The University of Montana School of Journalism’s 2013 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor. She will teach at the school during fall semester.
Jones has had a long career in journalism, including eight years with the Associated Press, first as a national correspondent based in New York City and later as a foreign correspondent based in Germany; six years working for the Los Angeles Times as a bureau chief, both in Denver and in Bonn, Germany; and 15 years at the Washington Post, where she shared a Pulitzer for reporting on the Virginia Tech massacre. She also was a Pulitzer finalist in feature writing in 2004. Most recently, she has been a freelance writer, including ghostwriting the New York Times bestseller, “The End of Normal,” by Stephanie Madoff Mack.
Jones will teach a course called “Training the Professional Observer,” and will serve as a mentor to the staff of the Montana Kaimin, the student newspaper.
The Pollner professorship was created to honor the memory of Anthony Pollner, a UM journalism school graduate who died in 2001.
Jones notes that coming to Missoula to live for a semester will be in some ways a return to her roots. Her mother, Van Lucy, was the only child of the family that owned Lucy’s Furniture Store in Missoula, which for years also had a mortuary in the back. Her father, Robert G. Jones, also was reared in Missoula. Her mother studied for two years at UM, but left to marry Robert when he returned from the war. They settled in California, where Jones grew up.
Jones also will deliver the Pollner lecture sometime in October. She will be UM’s 13th Pollner professor.