Jeanne Abbott's Profile
Managing editor, Columbia Missourian
Associate professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Office phone: 573-882-5741
WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE MISSOURIAN? As managing editor, I work with the staff to put together a daily report that reflects what happens in the community, what people are talking about and what issues engage them.
WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM KEEPS YOU GOING? I believe journalists have an obligation to report fairly and accurately but also are committed to a high level of stewardship and care for the community they serve.
WHAT'S YOUR WORK AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? After graduating from the School of Journalism with undergraduate degrees in English and journalism, I earned a master's degree from the school before looking for a job.
I found one in Anchorage, Alaska, working for The Daily News as part of a small, dedicated staff of reporters and editors in a young state. I stayed for nearly 15 years, primarily as a reporter covering the oil boom, the native land claims issues and the exploding growth of a frontier city.
I returned to Columbia to pursue a PhD in journalism, hoping to teach. Instead, I moved to California after I graduated and began working for the Sacramento Bee on the features desk.
In 1994, I joined the Des Moines Register as features editor and eventually became Assistant Managing Editor, Features. In 2007, I accepted a Knight fellowship and moved to Columbia. In 2008, I became a full-time faculty member at the Missourian.
WHAT'S YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK LIKE? I live on a farm south of Ashland with four dogs, four horses, two cats and eight chickens. I believe we are about to acquire goats, ducks and bees. It's a beautiful piece of land in every season and all kinds of weather.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COLUMBIA? Obviously, I must really love it because I keep returning. I have serious roots here -- I graduated from University High School and Mizzou. But what brings me back is the delight of living in a town that is small in all the right ways (no traffic, wonderful people, easy access) and big in all the right ways (outstanding education, excellent health care, classy neighborhoods).