MISSOULA – A former editor of National Geographic and a freelance journalist who has earned accolades for her work covering armed militia protests will be the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professors for the 2019-20 academic year at the University of Montana School of Journalism.
Leah Sottile will be the
She has reported extensively on the group led by Ammon Bundy, who in 2016 took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, and his father, Cliven Bundy, who directed a 2014 standoff in Nevada after a confrontation with federal agents over his refusal to pay grazing fees on federal land. Her work on the podcast “Bundyville” earned her and Oregon Public Radio a finalist award from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Her newspaper and magazine clients include The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Outside and Al Jazeera America.
Chris Johns was
Subsequent to that job, he was
The Pollner professorship was created in 2001 by the family and friends of T. Anthony Pollner, a 1999 School of Journalism alumnus who died in a motorcycle accident. Dozens of renowned journalists have served as distinguished professors at the school since the program’s inception. In addition to teaching a course, the Pollner professors work with the staff of the Montana Kaimin, the student newspaper at UM.