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Liberal Arts, Room 103

Dennis Swibold

Professor & Director of Faculty Affairs


Personal Summary

Professor Dennis Swibold began teaching at UM in 1989 and joined the School of Journalism’s permanent faculty two years later. He is now the school's Director of Faculty Affairs.

He teaches courses in reporting, editing, ethics and election coverage and helps to oversee such efforts as the school's legislative coverage and alumni magazine. 

Before teaching, Dennis was a newspaper reporter Arizona and Montana. He was the editor of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle before coming to the university, and he later worked summers as a copy editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Salt Lake Tribune. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona in 1979 and a master’s in journalism from UM in 1991. 

Dennis is the author of "Copper Chorus: Mining, Politics and the Montana Press, 1889-1959," a history of industrial domination of Montana newspapers. The work won the Western Writers of America’s 2007 award for best work of contemporary nonfiction. He continues to research and report on public affairs issues and lead conversations about the changing face of journalism. In 2014, he taught a graduate course in American political journalism at Shanghai International Studies University. 

He has served on the boards of the Montana Innocence Project and the Montana Newspaper Association. He has been an adviser to Project Vote Smart and to efforts by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Montana Historical Society’s efforts to digitize American newspapers of historical value.

He and his wife, Julie, have an adult son, Colton. Outside of the classroom, Dennis enjoys history, fly-fishing and playing his beat-up Fender Telecaster.