Journalist says Minot job laid groundwork

A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist says her first real job in daily journalism at The Minot Daily News covering Minot and the area laid the groundwork for her 35-year career.

Kim Murphy continues to move up at the Los Angeles Times and now has a new job as assistant managing editor for foreign and national news. She assumed that position several days ago.

“The Minot Daily News was my first real job in daily journalism, and it was an amazing training ground,” said Murphy.

“I got to cover the Minot School Board when the same forces of energetic new conservatism that propelled Ronald Reagan into the White House were sweeping the heartland and causing all kinds of interesting local debates,” Murphy said.

“I learned the complexities of farming subsidies, Garrison Diversion, flood plain management and lutefisk.

“I got to meet and write about literary celebrities who came to town Alice Walker, Amiri Baraka, William Gass, to name a few and in general got a rigorous education in nuts-and-bolts journalism that has stood me in good stead for more than 35 years in newspapering,” Murphy said.

Murphy worked at the North Biloxian in Mississippi before coming to Minot.

She graduated from Minot State University in 1977 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Her major was in English and minor was in French, according to MSU information.

According to LA Times information, Murphy joined the Los Angeles Times in 1983 as a general assignment reporter in Orange County, Calif. Six years later, she began the first of a string of national and foreign assignments. She covered the Pacific Northwest from Seattle, reported on the Middle East from Cairo, served as bureau chief in Moscow and later in London, before returning to the states for a second tour in Seattle.

Murphy’s work has included reporting from the Balkans, Afghanistan and the scenes of many disasters, natural and man-made, including the Aurora, Colo., theater massacre and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

She visited Minot in the summer of 2011 to report on the Souris River flood.

Murphy won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for international reporting for what the judges described as “her eloquent, wide-ranging coverage of Russia’s struggle to cope with terrorism, improve the economy and make democracy work.”