In a four-decade relationship with the School of Journalism and Communication, Mike Thoele has taught the Journalistic Interview and Reporting classes. He worked for more than 20 years at The Register-Guard of Eugene, Oregon, including a period as city editor and eight years as the paper’s roving reporter, traveling Oregon and the Northwest. He followed that with several years of freelancing and nine years as the owner-publisher, with his wife Sandy, of two Oregon community newspapers.
Thoele holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. He is the author of Footprints Across Oregon, a collection of his roving reporter profile pieces; Fire Line, a non-fiction account of the subculture of people who fight Western forest fires; and Bohemia, the history of an iconic Oregon timber company. He has also served a year as interim publisher of the university’s student newspaper, the Oregon Daily Emerald, and was once the advisor to the inmate newspaper at the Oregon State Penitentiary.
BA, St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer IN
Areas of Expertise
- Interviewing skills, including methods and lessons drawn from other disciplines and professions
- Forest fire in the American West
- Timber industry history in the Pacific Northwest
- Weekly newspaper ownership, operation and outlook
- Rural Oregon
Thoele studies interview techniques and approaches, their application across various media, and the methods of teaching those skills. His work draws from multiple disciplines that use the interview, including psychology, oral history, law enforcement, folklore and child abuse casework.
In 2014, Thoele received the School of Journalism’s award for Outstanding Adjunct Teaching. In the same year he was recognized in the UO’s “Faculty Star” program.