Professor Shors is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker specializing in public-interest reporting in the Pacific Northwest. His most-recent film, “The Blackfeet Flood,” was produced in partnership with ITVS and Vision Maker Media for national distribution through Local, USA, and his series of documentary shorts was selected for online distribution by PBS Indies.

A former fellow with the International Center for Journalists, Shors has reported from Germany, Panama and South Africa. He was a national finalist for the Livingston Award, which recognizes the country’s top journalist under the age of 35. His work at Washington State University focuses on diverse rural populations, and he has twice received national educational grants from the Online News Association, most recently for the university’s “Rural Plunge” training and engagement program.

He is project manager for the Murrow News Service, which provides local, regional and national stories reported and written by journalism students at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.


M.A., journalism, University of Montana
Research Interests/Specialties: Science, environmental and public-interest journalism
Civic journalism
Mass media in rural communities


Public affairs journalism
Sports and the media
Investigative reporting
Environmental reporting