MISSOULA – The School of Journalism at the University of Montana has named Associate Professor Nadia White the new director of its graduate program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism.
White assumes the role as Associate Professor Henriette Lowisch departs for a new position as director of Deutsche Journalistenschule, one of the finest journalism schools in Germany.
“Nadia is in a terrific position to build on the grad program’s existing success,” said journalism Dean Larry Abramson. “She has been an instrumental part of our focus on the environment for many years and has a strong vision for the future.”
White joined UM’s journalism faculty in 2007 and helped develop the curriculum for the Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism master’s degree, which launched in 2010. The two-year professional program offers practical and ethical training that carries graduates into careers in the news media and beyond.
“Journalists who cover the policies that guide our personal health and community safety need to be science savvy,” White said. “Our graduates connect those dots with a goal of advancing important conversations.”
Before working in academia, White worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Wyoming, Colorado, Maine and Minnesota. She covered natural resources, energy and environmental policy as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Casper Star-Tribune. She later served as state editor, directing coverage of those beats for the paper.
After covering controversial bison management policies in Yellowstone National Park that stem from fears of brucellosis, White traveled to Kazakhstan to explore what the disease means in a country where it still has human health implications. Those stories earned an excellence in science journalism award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003.
White has her own unique relationship to the outdoors, particularly the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, she kayaked through the Inside Passage from Port Townsend, Washington, to Skagway, Alaska, following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, who went north during the 1898 Klondike gold rush and became a political columnist there. White also traveled by bicycle from the Oklahoma panhandle to Washington state, following the path her great-grandmother took on her way to the goldfields.
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