ANCHORAGE, AK–– Mark Trahant will return to the University of Alaska Anchorage as the Atwood Chair of Journalism, a prestigious position that invites nationally known journalists to teach courses and reach out to the Alaska public.
Trahant spent 2013–14 in residence at the university, where he taught several courses, including Multimedia Journalism. During the year, he worked on a book about austerity, a subject he also blogs about at marktrahant.org.
“We were delighted by Mark’s tenure as the Atwood Chair of Journalism this last year and invited him to stay on,” said Paola Banchero, chair of the UAA Department of Journalism and Communication. “Students responded positively to him, and he made great connections with Alaska that will deepen this coming year.”
Trahant has embraced social media such as Twitter and video blogging, but he is just as adept at long-form journalism. He’s been an editor, reporter, columnist, TV correspondent and author of several books, including The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars, about Sen. Henry M. Jackson. He’s also a Twitter poet, writing a daily news poem under the handle @newsrimes4lines.
Trahant completed a fellowship at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy. He was a 2009 Kaiser Media Fellow, writing about health care reform and its impact on Indian Country. He’s also been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in an Alaska Native village.
He is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and former president of the Native American Journalists Association. Trahant has been covering Indian Country since the 1970s.
He is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Trahant is also the chairman of the board of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and a former columnist at The Seattle Times. He has been publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho; executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune; a reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix; and has worked at several tribal newspapers.
The Atwood Chair of Journalism is among the nation’s most prestigious endowed journalism chairs. Anchorage Times publisher Robert B. Atwood established the Atwood Chair at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1979. The Atwood Foundation has continued to provide annual operational funding for this position and make donations toward endowment of the Chair. Among the many positive contributions Bob and Evangeline Atwood made to Alaska’s civic life, the Atwood Chair of Journalism is helping to educate the state’s next generation of journalists.
Fore more information on Mark Trahant, visit www.marktrahant.org.