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Award-Winning Editor and Reporter Mark Tatge Appointed Pulliam Professor of Journalism

Award-Winning Editor and Reporter Mark Tatge Appointed Pulliam Professor of Journalism

May 12, 2011

96662May 12, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Mark W. Tatge, a veteran investigative editor and reporter who has served the past four years as the E.W. Scripps Visiting Professional at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, will join the DePauw University faculty next fall. Tatge has been appointed DePauw's Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism and professor of communication and theatre for a three-year term effective with the 2011–12 academic year (August 15, 2011) and ending June 30, 2014.

Tatge assumes the Pulliam professorship from R.B. Brenner.

Tatge's long career in journalism includes stints as Midwest bureau chief for Forbes magazine, as an investigative reporter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer's statehouse bureau, and positions with the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News and Denver Post

Tatge has written extensively about corporate misdeeds, starting with his coverage of the savings and loan scandal in Colorado during the 1980s. In Ohio, Tatge exposed corruption at an Ohio Blue Cross insurance plan. In another investigative series, he uncovered how police officers and firefighters claimed job-related disabilities, won fat pensions and then took similar public safety jobs elsewhere. 

In recognition of his journalistic 96661achievements, Tatge has received the Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists' First Amendment Award, the Morton Margolin Prize for Distinguished Business Reporting, and he was honored as the best business writer in Texas by the Associated Press.

Early in his career, Tatge ran a small daily and a weekly newspaper in rural Wisconsin after graduating with a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University. He is a past Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at Ohio State University where he taught journalism and completed his master's degree. Tatge completed his M.B.A. while teaching at Ohio University, where he developed a business journalism program and taught a wide range of journalism and multimedia courses, including communications law, advanced online reporting, magazine writing and media management. In addition, Tatge helped develop a fundraising plan for E.W. Scripps School, created a media literacy class taught in the College of Business and he served as faculty advisor to the student-run magazine Backdrop

Outside of the classroom, Tatge recently authored the New York Times Reader: Business and Economics, published by CQ Press. The book is a guide aimed at teaching young journalists96663 how to write about business and the economy and has been adopted by a number of universities nationwide. 

Tatge serves as a contributing editor to Forbes and is a frequent commentator on the economy and financial markets, appearing on ABC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and other broadcast outlets. He is working with the Poytner Institute's News University to develop online courses in the area of business and finance and is a frequent guest lecturer on business journalism and the impact of digital media on journalism and society. His work has been cited in numerous articles and books, including the Harvard Business Review. Tatge owns DeadlineReporter LLC, a media consulting and content development firm.

The Pulliam Visiting Professorship was created in 2000 with a gift from the family of Eugene S. Pulliam, a 1935 graduate of DePauw and former publisher of the Indianapolis Star and News, "to support and advance DePauw's strong tradition of graduating men and women who become highly successful and significant journalists." In recognition of the gift, the University's Board of Trustees voted to name DePauw's media center the Eugene S. Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media.