Mary Tolan, MA

Mary Tolan Associate Professor
Northern Arizona University
Blg COM 16 Rm #341
Phone: 928-523-0465

Research and teaching interests

Convergent journalism: how journalists and journalism students are moving into multi-media platform reporting instead of working in just one format (print, online TV news, etc.); Western living in northern Arizona; Ranching families in northern Arizona; International reporting and storytelling.

Courses offered

JLS 131 Media Writing and Reporting
JLS 231 Advanced Reporting
JLS 330 Feature Writing
JLS 431C Critical and Analytical Reporting

Representative research and creative activity


Monthly column  “The Long & Winding Road”

Arizona Daily Sun 

December 2011: 

“Finding Peace after Theft”

Matador online spiritual travel magazine

Fall 2011: 

“The International Sabbatical for Professional and Personal Rejuvenation”

NAU Global Magazine 

January 2011: 

“The Experience with Irish immigration…Nightmare to Kafkaesque”

The Irish Times 

January 2011: 

“Tommy Dukes, Blues Musician”

KNAU Radio, Flagstaff NPR affiliate

July 2010: 

“Ranching Women of Northern Arizona”

Arizona Highways magazine

March 3, 2008: 

“Women of the Flying M: The Ranching Life of a Mother And Daughter”

Mountain Living Magazine 

Links of interest (The Poynter Institute) (Investigative Reporters and Editors) (The Society of Professional Journalists)


Master’s degree in English (Creative Writing emphasis) University of Wisconsin-Milwuakee, 1980.
Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, 1975