Contributor profile

Brent Walth

Assistant professor University of Oregon


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. Brent has worked as a staff writer and managing editor for Willamette Week of Portland, Ore.; Oregon State Capitol correspondent for the Eugene Register-Guard; Washington, DC, correspondent and senior investigative reporter for The Oregonian; and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He’s received dozens of national regional awards for his journalism. Brent has won the Gerald Loeb Award, the nation’s top honor for business and financial reporting, and he is a five-time winner of the Bruce Baer Award, Oregon’s top reporting prize. At The Oregonian, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2000, and with three colleagues he shared the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for an investigation into abuses by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He is also 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.” Brent holds a B.S. in journalism and political science from the University of Oregon and an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Content by Brent

Case studies Ethics
Evidence of a solution: using data to report more than just bad news

While data journalists often produce rigorous reporting about social issues, there is less on responding to the same problems. Brent Walth provides an overview of solutions journalism frameworks, and why they're important for data journalism.