Pulitzer Prize-winner to deliver annual Pollner Lecture

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Tamara JonesPulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tamara Jones will deliver the University of Montana School of Journalism’s annual T. Anthony Pollner Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in the University Center Theater.

Jones, the 2013 Pollner Distinguished Professor, will present “The Intimacy of Violence.” Her lecture will focus on the personal and social impacts of violence in America based on her coverage of a range of stories such as teenagers who commit violent acts for a thrill, the Oklahoma City bombing and shootings in an Amish schoolhouse.

Jones has explored the psychological landscape of tragedy across America as a national feature writer for the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. She shares a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for The Washington Post’s coverage of the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech.

“I’ve spent my adult life bearing witness to tragedy and interviewing victims, survivors, witnesses and experts,” Jones said. “It would be easy to dismiss America’s fascination with these stories as morbid curiosity or even a form of survivor’s guilt, but what I’ve found goes deeper than that.”

She currently is a ghostwriter and helped write The New York Times bestselling memoir of Stephanie Madoff Mack, “The End of Normal.” Her work also has appeared in national magazines such as Good Housekeeping, MORE and The Reader’s Digest. This year, Jones serves as the 13th T. Anthony Pollner Professor in the UM School of Journalism.

The professorship was created in 2001 in memory of Anthony Pollner, a UM journalism alumnus who died two years after his graduation. A distinguished journalist is in residence at the school each autumn semester, teaching a special-topics course, advising the Montana Kaimin student newspaper and delivering the annual Pollner lecture.

- posted on 10/11/13 -