National Geographic Editor to Lecture at UM

April 02, 2014

MISSOULA – Chris Johns, editor-in-chief of National Geographic, will deliver the University of Montana School of Journalism’s 57th annual Dean Stone Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the University Center Theater. 

Johns’ lecture is titled “Looking Beyond 125 Years.” The event is free and open to the public.

Johns was named executive vice president and group editorial director of the National Geographic Society in June 2013. He has been editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine since January 2005, serving as the ninth editor of the magazine since its founding in 1888. 

Johns became a National Geographic contract photographer in 1985 and joined the magazine staff in 1995. Before taking over as editor-in-chief, Johns served as senior editor for illustrations and as associate editor.

As a photographer, he produced more than 20 articles for National Geographic, eight of which were cover stories. His defining images are of Africa and its wildlife. He has taken readers down the Zambezi River, examined the Bushmen’s ongoing struggle for cultural survival and provided important documentation of Africa’s endangered wildlife. He was named one of the world’s 25 most important photographers by American Photo magazine in 2003.

Johns’ books include “Valley of Life: Africa’s Great Rift,” “Hawaii’s Hidden Treasures” and “Wild at Heart: Man and Beast in Southern Africa.” He wrote the foreword for “In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits” and the introduction to the National Geographic book “100 Days in Photographs: Pivotal Events That Changed the World.”

The lecture is named for the first dean of the UM School of Journalism, Arthur Stone. The series brings a renowned journalist to campus each year to mentor journalism students and deliver a public lecture.

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Contact: Julia Cummings, communication and events coordinator, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4366, julia.cummings@mso.umt.edu.