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Tom Hallman

Tom Hallman Jr., 60, is considered one of the nation's premier narrative writers. During his career, he haswon every major feature-writing award, some for stories that took months to report, others less than acouple of hours. The stories range from the drama of life and death in a neo-natal unit, to the quiet prideof a man graduating from college. A common thread in all of Hallman's stories is the exploration of the character's heart and soul. Hallman believes that every writer -- no matter how many years they have been in this business -- can learn how to spot true stories and report and write them in ways that resonate with readers. The ability to write has less to do with pure talent, and more with the understanding of craft, vision and emotion. He was born and raised in Portland and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977. He's worked at a car wash, a grocery store, a greyhound race track and was a volunteer at a VA hospital. He also worked as a bartender for one week. His first journalism job was in New York City as copy editor for Hearst Magazines Special Publications. He was fired. He returned to Oregon as a reporter at The Hermiston Herald, a small weekly in Hermiston, Oregon, before landing a job at the Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Washington. In 1980, he moved to The Oregonian where he covered crime for 10 years. He is now a reporter with the Portland team. He is a frequent contributor to Readers Digest, and his stories have appeared in Esquire, Best Life and Star magazine. One of his stories was made into a movie.

His book, Sam: The Boy Behind the Mask, was published in 2002. He writes a column on writing for Quill Magazine. Hallman has been a speaker at National Writer's Workshops and at papers across the United States. He has taught at USC, Notre Dame and Brown University.

His awards include:
Pulitzer Prize  - feature writing
Pulitzer finalist - beat reporting
Pulitzer finalist - feature writing
American Society of Newspaper
Editors winner - feature writing
American Society of Newspaper Editors winner - feature writing
American Society of Newspaper Editors - finalist
National Society of Professional Journalists - feature writing
National Society of Professional Journalists - feature writing
National Scripps Howard Journalism Award - Ernie Pyle Human Interest Writing
National Scripps Howard - Business Reporting
National Headliner Award - Outstanding Feature Writing
National Headliner Award - Outstanding Feature Writing
Nixon National Writing Award Penny Missouri, multiple awards
Livingston Award for Young Journalists

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, September 23
 

4:00pm

9:00pm