White to head environmental journalism program at UM

Nadia White

By Missoula Current

The University of Montana’s School of Journalism named Nadia White as the new director of its graduate program in environmental science and natural resource reporting this week.

White will take the position as associate professor Henriette Lowisch departs for Germany, where she’ll serve as the director of Deutsche Journalistenschule.

“Nadia is in a terrific position to build on the grad program’s existing success,” said journalism Dean Larry Abramson. “She has been an instrumental part of our focus on the environment for many years and has a strong vision for the future.”

White joined UM’s journalism faculty in 2007 and helped develop the curriculum for the environmental science and natural resource journalism master’s degree, which launched in 2010.

The two-year professional program offers practical and ethical training that carries graduates into careers in the news media and beyond.

“Journalists who cover the policies that guide our personal health and community safety need to be science savvy,” White said. “Our graduates connect those dots with a goal of advancing important conversations.”

Before working in academia, White worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Wyoming, Colorado, Maine and Minnesota. She covered natural resources, energy and environmental policy as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Casper Star-Tribune.

White has her own unique relationship to the outdoors, particularly the Pacific Northwest.