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Matthew LaPlante

Matthew LaPlante

Educational Background:

  • MS - California State University East Bay - 2010
  • BS - Oregon State University - 2001

Contact Information

Go to Office LocationOffice Location: AGRS 319

CallPhone: 435-797-1353
Send an EmailEmail: matthew.laplante@usu.edu

Assistant Professor Matthew D. LaPlante teaches news writing, crisis reporting and feature writing in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University. A career journalist who has reported from more than a dozen nations, including Iraq, Cuba, Ethiopia and El Salvador, his professional work focuses on international crises, military issues, science and sports. His work for publications including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Daily News, CNN.com, MLSsoccer.com and The Salt Lake Tribune is chronicled at mdlaplante.com. He is an avid snowboarder, Harley-Davidson rider and soccer fan, and the co-writer of two books on the intersection of new scientific research and old wisdom. He is a member of the board of directors for the Reaching At-Promise Students Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators across the nation better serve individuals at risk of not graduating from high school.

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  • Citizen Journalism
  • Science Reporting
  • Crisis Communication
  • Global Conflict Reporting
  • Online Education
  • History of Journalism
  • Citizen journalism and the post-professional media age
  • Combat correspondence throughout history
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Veterans healthcare
  • High school dropout prevention and recovery
  • Online pedagogy
  • Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma ( finalist ) 2015
  • Deborah Howell Award for Non-Deadline Writing ( finalist ) 2015
  • Kavli Award for Science Journalism - February 5,2015
  • Non- Scholarly - Longevity Soup : Seven lessons for healthy and happy lives from China's oldest citizens - Co-authored by: John Day, Jane Day.
  • Non - Scholarly - Inheritance : How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives  Change Our Genes - 2014.
  • Newspaper - The Last Leg - 2015
  • Newspaper - Deadly Days in El Salvador - 2015
  • Newspaper - In the midst of El Salvador's epidemic violence, soccer shines a light of hope - 2015