Brent Walth

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-7642
  • Office: 238 Allen Hall
  • City: Eugene, Portland


Brent Walth joined the UO School of Journalism and Communication in 2015 after more than 30 years working as an editor, author, and investigative reporter. A native of Oregon, Brent has worked as staff writer and managing editor for Willamette Week; Oregon State Capitol correspondent for the Eugene Register-Guard; and as Washington, DC, correspondent and senior investigative reporter for The Oregonian. Brent is a five-time winner of the Bruce Baer Award, Oregon’s top reporting prize, and 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 also 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.” He was inducted into the UO School of Journalism and Communication Hall of Achievement in 2014.


  • MFA, Warren Wilson College, 2012
  • BS, Journalism and Political Science, University of Oregon, 1984

Honors and Awards

Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, 2001