Mark Trahant

Author and Journalist

Mark Trahant is an independent journalist. He is currently writing a book on austerity, a project he started after winning a Rockefeller Foundation residency to the Bellagio Center on Lake Como. He also reports and comments on events and trends via Twitter and other social media.

Trahant is a frequent speaker on college campuses. He has visited campuses ranging from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks to Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan. He has also been the editor-in-residence at the University of Idaho. He has taught courses on social media, the American West, editorial writing and Twitter and democracy.

Trahant is working as a project investigator for the Smithsonian, exploring President Richard Nixon’s contribution to American Indian policy. He’s also been a reporter for PBS’ FRONTLINE series; his story “The Silence” examined sexual abuse by priests in an Alaska native village.

Every day for nearly four years, Trahant has written a 140-character rhyme based on a daily news story. These appear on Twitter under the handle “NewsRimes4lines.”

Trahant was a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 and 2005. He is a member of Idaho's Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and is the former president of the Native American Journalists Association. Trahant is married to LeNora Begay Trahant and they have two boys, Marvin and Elias. They live in Fort Hall, Idaho.

Twitter handle: 
@trahantreports @newsrimes4lines

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