Peggy Kuhr, Dean
University of Montana Journalism School
Missoula MT 59812
406-243-4001 / mailto:Peggy.Kuhr@mso.umt.edu
Peggy Kuhr was named dean in Montana in June, 2007 after leaving the Knight Chair in community journalism at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Before that, she worked at The Spokesman Review in Spokane, Wash., for 16 years. She started as a project editor, became city editor, assisting managing editor and then became the managing editor for content. As managing editor, Kuhr was responsible for all aspects of the news, from reporting and editing to recruitment, hiring and staff development for reporters and editors. She also worked with the newspaper’s attorney on media legal issues. She organized the newsroom beats and planned the major reporting projects.
In 1993, Kuhr and The Spokesman Review staff were a Pulitzer Prize finalist in spot news. Kuhr directed 13 days of City Desk coverage of a standoff between white separatists in Idaho and the federal government. Kuhr has taught journalism-related courses at Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University. Before working in Spokane, Kuhr worked for the Great Falls Tribune in Great Falls, Mont., and for The Hartford Courant in Hartford, Conn. She is a Michigan Journalism Fellow. She served two terms on the Associated Press Managing Editors board and remains active with the group.
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