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About Ron C. Judd

Ron C. Judd is a journalism instructor and Freshman Interest Group seminar leader at Western Washington University, and a 2015 James W. Scott Research Fellow at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (a program of Western Libraries Heritage Resources). A 1985 graduate of Western with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Journalism, his 30-year career in journalism has included stints covering general news, higher education, the outdoors and the environment, professional sports, and seven Summer and Winter Olympic Games for The Seattle Times and other publications. He currently writes a Sunday news column, "The Wrap," as well as in-depth profiles and essays on environmental, historical, and Northwest-lifestyle topics for Pacific NW, the Seattle Times' Sunday magazine. One of his recent provocative magazine pieces, defining the traits of a true Northwest native, was selected by a historical committee to be sealed in a Washington State Archives time capsule that will be opened in 375 years, to celebrate the state's 500th anniversary. A three-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and investigative reporting, he also is the author of numerous works of humor and nonfiction, including a spectator's guide/history of the Winter Olympics. His presentation today, based largely on research of primary documents from the archives of Western's Heritage Resources, is drawn from his thesis for a Master of Arts in History program at the University of Nebraska, where he has concentrated on the political, religious and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest from 1900 to 1950. As part of his change in emphasis, he continues to strive to modify his writing style from plain old English to full-on academic jargon -- with what he calls "decidedly mixed results."

Positions

Present Seminar leader, Western Washington University Freshman Interest Group seminar
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Present Instructor, Department of Journalism, Western Washington University
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Education

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2016 M.A., University of Nebraska ‐ Department of History
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1985 B.A., Western Washington University ‐ Department of Journalism
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