Christopher J Ison

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Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
210 Murphy Hall

206 Church St SE

Chris Ison was the Assistant Managing Editor for Investigative Projects at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis from 2001-2004. He was a reporter at the Star Tribune for 15 years, working on the investigative team, and, earlier, covering federal agencies, local government and gambling. He covered state politics, local government, police, and courts for the Duluth News Tribune from 1983-1986. Ison and fellow reporter Lou Kilzer won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1990 for a series of stories on arson and links between the St. Paul (MN) Fire Department and profits from arsons and suspicious fires. His stories have won various national and state awards, including awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Club, the Associated Press and other organizations. He supervised projects that won national awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Society of Professional Journalists. Ison teaches courses in news reporting and writing, investigative reporting, and media ethics. He is co-author, with SJMC Professor Jane Kirtley, of the book "Media Ethics Today: Issues, Analysis, Solutions."

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts: Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1983.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Investigative reporting
  • news writing
  • Media Ethics
Courses Taught
  • Jour 3101- News Reporting and Writing
  • Jour 3121 - Public Affairs Reporting
  • Jour 3771 - Mass Media Ethics: Moral Reasoning and Case Studies
  • JOUR 4992 Star Tribune Practicum
  • JOUR 5131 In-depth Reporting
  • JOUR 5155 Advanced Reporting Methods