Kathryn Thier

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  • Title: Instructor, Snowden Internship Coordinator
  • Phone: 541-346-2528
  • Office: 309C Allen Hall
  • City: Eugene


Kathryn Thier is a nationally recognized instructor of solutions journalism and co-founder and co-director of The Catalyst Journalism Project, a research and teaching collaborative focused on the intersection of solutions journalism and investigative reporting funded by The Solutions Journalism Network and the University of Oregon.

In addition to teaching journalism and public relations at the SOJC, she coordinates the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism, a donor-funded, statewide journalism internship program open to all college students in Oregon.

As a staff writer for The Charlotte Observer, Thier earned first-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the N.C. Press Association and wrote a reader-favorite column about local development. She also covered local news and high school sports at Newsday. After leaving journalism, she directed communications and public relations for an e-commerce start-up and a North Carolina private school.


  • MS, Columbia University
  • BA, Brown University

Honors and Awards

  • Named to EducationShift’s inaugural EducationShift20 list of innovative journalism educators
  • David and Nancy Petrone Faculty Fellow, UO School of Journalism and Communication (2017-present)
  • Williams Council Instructional Grant, UO Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education, (2017-2018)
  • Invited inaugural member, UO Teaching Academy (2016)
  • UO School of Journalism and Communication Outstanding Teaching by an Adjunct Instructor, 2014-15



  • Gateway to Media I, II, and III
  • Reporting I
  • Reporting II: Solutions Journalism
  • Strategic Writing and Media Relations
  • Strategic Public Relations Communication
  • Topics: Solutions Journalism