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Brent Walth

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Catalyst Journalism Project; Co-Director, The Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism
Phone: 541-346-7642
Office: 234 Allen Hall
City: Eugene


Brent Walth joined the UO School of Journalism and Communication in 2015 after more than 30 years as an editor, author, and investigative reporter. A native of Oregon, Brent has worked as a staff writer and managing editor for Willamette Week; Oregon State Capitol correspondent for the Eugene Register-Guard; and  Washington, DC, correspondent and senior investigative reporter for The Oregonian. Brent also was a 2006 Nieman Foundation fellow at Harvard University.

Brent is a five-time winner of the Bruce Baer Award, Oregon’s top reporting prize, and a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award, the nation’s top honor for business and financial reporting. At The Oregonian, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2000, and in 2001 he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for an investigation into abuses by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He is the author of Fire at Eden’s Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story, a portrait of the state’s most influential governor — a book President Bill Clinton called “a remarkable biography.” In 2008, Brent founded the Scholarship For Civic and Watchdog Journalism, awarded to SOJC students who demonstrate a commitment to in-depth reporting. The UO School of Journalism and Communication inducted Brent into its Hall of Achievement in 2014.

At the SOJC, Brent teaches writing and reporting courses, including Investigative Reporting, Data Journalism and Solutions Journalism. At the SOJC, Brent is co-founder and co-director of the award-winning Catalyst Journalism Project, which brings together investigative reporting and solutions journalism. Catalyst has helped scores of SOJC journalists publish their work with professional news organizations. Brent also serves as co-director of the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism, which selects and places interns at news organizations around the state. Snowden interns are chosen for their potential to succeed in news media careers based on thier passion for journalism, commitment to ethics and academic performance. The program is open to student journalists at all Oregon colleges and universities.  


  • Master of Fine Arts, The MFA Program for Writers. Warren Wilson College, 2012
  • Nieman Foundation, Louis Stark Fellowship. Harvard University, 2005-2006.
  • Bachelor of Science, Journalism and Political Science. University of Oregon, 1984


Fire at Eden’s Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story. (1994). Oregon Historical Society Press.

"A new reporting approach for journalistic impact: Bringing together investigative reporting and solutions journalism." Brent Walth, Nicole Smith Dahmen, and Kathryn Thier. Newspaper Research Journal 40.2 (2019): 177-189.
"A narrative solution: The relationship between solutions journalism, narrative transportation, and news trust." Kathryn Thier, Jesse Abdenour, Brent Walth, and Nicole Smith Dahmen. Journalism (2019): 1464884919876369.
"Getting Past No," in Interviewing: The Oregon Method, 2nd Edition. Peter Laufer and John Russial, eds. (2019) Oregon State University Press.
"Evidence of a solution: using data to report more than just bad news. A guide to solutions reporting for data journalists." (2019), European Journalism Centre.


Honors and Awards:

Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, 2001

Finalist, Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, 2000

Bruce Baer Award: 1999, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009. 

Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism: Winner, 1987; Finalist, 2003

Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards, Multicultural Reporting, 2005.

Jonathan Marshall Award for Innovative Teaching in Journalism and Communication, 2017

UO School of Journalism and Communication Hall of Achievement, 2014

Shared Governance, Transparency, and Trust Award. University of Oregon Senate, 2019.

UO Young Alumnus Award, 2002