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Biography of Jerry Holloron


Biography of Jerry Holloron



Jerry Holloron was born (Aug. 31, 1942) and raised in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. He graduated from Corvallis High School in 1960, then attended the University of Montana School of Journalism, where he received a B.A. in 1964 and an M.A. in 1965.

His full-time journalism career began in 1965 as the city-county government reporter for The Missoulian. In 1967, he began covering the Montana Legislature and state government and politics for the Lee Newspapers State Bureau, which served daily newspapers in Missoula, Butte, Helena and Billings. He covered the 1967, 1969 and 1971 legislative sessions and, in 1970, served a year as Missoulian city editor.

Holloron joined the Montana Constitutional Convention Commission in 1971 as assistant staff director and local-government research analyst. He was local-government analyst for the convention itself and was active in the campaign that gained voter approval of the Constitution.

Following the convention, Holloron was a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington journalism school, then served as research director for the Montana Legislative Council. In 1974, he joined the UM journalism faculty as a full-time assistant professor. He remained at UM until 1990 when, with the rank of full, tenured professor, he resigned to return to fulltime newspaper work in Washington state. During his years at UM, Holloron had spent nearly every summer as a reporter/editor for The Missoulian, plus had taken extended leaves to cover the 1981 Legislature and work at the Missoulian.

He was a copy editor at The News Tribune in Tacoma from 1990-1999, then a desk editor at The Seattle Times from 1999 until 2008. While at The Times, he was desk editor for a series of investigative stories that won a Pulitzer Prize. In addition, two other series he copy edited were selected as finalists for Pulitzers in the 1990s.

Holloron is retired and lives in Seattle.

Publication Date

Fall 2015

Biography of Jerry Holloron