In a four-decade relationship with the School of Journalism and Communication, Mike Thoele has taught the Journalistic Interview and Reporting classes. He is an award-winning Oregon journalist who 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 on a Charles Kuralt-like beat around Oregon and the Northwest. He followed that with six years of freelancing, consulting and lecturing. Then came nine years as the owner-publisher, with his wife Sandy, of two Oregon community newspapers.
Thoele holds a journalism degree from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. He is the author of Footprints Across Oregon, a collection of his newspaper profile pieces; Fire Line: Summer Battles of the West, a non-fiction account of the subculture of people who fight Western forest fires; and Bohemia, the history of an iconic Oregon timber company. Professional recognition for his work includes the national medical journalism awards of both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association, as well as numerous awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. 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.