Fine Arts and Communication
Assistant Professor of Journalism; Faculty Advisor for The Stallion Newspaper
Carlton Center, Rm 119 (TV Studio)
“I admire people who have serious goals that motivate them for a lifetime…. Walter Cronkite, Tom Grant, Nelson Mandela, Soen Nakagawa, Debra Given. I admire them because they know who they are.” — Tom Phillips, “A Beginner’s Life”
Tom Grant has won more than 10 national awards for his reporting, including two duPont-Columbia Awards, often referred to as the Pulitzers of broadcasting.
He worked 30 years as a journalist in television and newspapers before earning his Ph.D. at the University of Idaho and beginning a second career in education.
A native of Tonasket, Wash., Grant earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Pullman and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.
He was the Mike Wallace Fellow for Investigative Reporting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1997-98. His research at the Center for ETHICS* at the University of Idaho compared methods of teaching media ethics to college students.
Grant spent much of his journalism career in Spokane, Wash., where he worked at KREM-TV, KXLY-TV, KAYU-TV and The Local Planet newspaper. In 1995, he won the George Polk Award for courage in reporting for a long series of stories about a group of people falsely accused of child abuse. Ultimately, 18 innocent people were released from prison in the wake of his reports.
Grant’s reporting on milk prices earned an Oscar in Agriculture award from the University of Illinois. His documentary on ethics in sports won a national prize for public service from the Society of Professional Journalists. He also won a national prize for investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2001 for uncovering a secret deal to move $10 million in taxpayer money into a mall development project.
He ran for mayor of Spokane in 2003. He and his wife Mary Ann have three sons.
At ABAC, he has led study abroad trips to India and France. He has taken students to meet the Dalai Lama, film the capture of wild elephants and climb the Arc de Triomphe.