Jason Begay

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor Jason Begay joined the faculty in 2010 after spending six years as a full-time reporter for The Navajo Times in Window Rock, Ariz.

He teaches courses in reporting and diversity and co-teaches the school’s award-winning Native News Project, which produces an annual publication and website that covers issues facing Montana tribal communities. He oversees the school’s Reznet (www.reznet.org) news site, which gives young Native American students a chance to cover issues across the nation.

He also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Native American Journalists Association.

Jason is a 2002 graduate of the School of Journalism. He won a prestigious New York Times internship, and worked as a reporter for Portland’s Oregonian before returning to his home, the Navajo reservation on the Arizona-New Mexico border, to work for The Navjao Times.

Jason grew up in Gallup, N.M., and interned for the Times at age 19. As a journalism student at UM, he interned at newspapers in Duluth, Minn., and Oakland, Calif.

He is currently working toward a master’s in business administration. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, hikes with dog Riley and punk rock bands that haven’t sold out.