Dennis Swibold

Professor & Director of Faculty Affairs

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Professor Dennis Swibold began teaching at UM in 1989 and joined the School of Journalism’s permanent faculty two years later. He is now the chairman of the school’s Print and Photo Department. 

He teaches courses in reporting, editing and ethics and supervises student coverage of state legislative sessions for a network of Montana papers. 

Before teaching, Dennis was a newspaper editor and reporter in Montana and Arizona. He was the editor of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle before coming to the university, and he later worked summers as a copy editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Salt Lake Tribune. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona in 1979 and a master’s in journalism from UM in 1991. 

Dennis is the author of "Copper Chorus: Mining, Politics and the Montana Press, 1889-1959," a history of Montana journalism that won the Western Writers of America’s 2007 award for best work of contemporary nonfiction. He continues to research and report on public affairs issues.

He serves as secretary of the Montana Innocence Project and advises the Montana Historical Society’s efforts to digitize the state’s historical newspapers.

He and his wife, Julie, have an adult son. Outside the classroom, Dennis enjoys history, American roots music, guitars and fly-fishing.