Jim Boren, an award-winning journalist, is the executive director of the Institute for Media and Public Trust at Fresno State. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Fresno State and teaches
advanced reporting in the Media, Communications and Journalism Department. He retired
in 2018 as Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of The Fresno Bee and was invited
to teach at Fresno State.
Jim is considered a national news industry leader and is widely recognized for his
expertise in newsroom management and has consulted on newsroom organizational issues,
including start-up news sites. He founded the Media Institute at Fresno State and
the Journalists of Color student training program.
Jim is a member of the News Leaders Association and served as a Pulitzer Prize juror
in 2016 and 2017. Jim was honored in 2018 with the Ethical Leadership Award given
by several community and Fresno State organizations. He also was awarded the Key to
the City of Fresno for his long career in journalism and public service. During his
four-decade newspaper career, he has covered national politics for McClatchy Newspapers,
served as Editorial Page Editor of The Fresno Bee and covered a variety of news beats.
A longtime political analyst, he has covered several national presidential campaigns,
as well as six national political conventions. He is a member of several boards, including
the California Press Foundation and Journalism Funding Partners, which helps raise
money nationally to support local newsrooms.