Cody Bloomsburg

Cody Bloomsburg, a roving reporter for the Lewiston Tribune, will speak to class on Wednesday, April 4.

A native of Lewiston, Bloomsburg graduated from Lewis-Clark State College with an English literature degree in 2008.  After graduation, he managed an insulation contracting company.  “I got sick of being at work at 6 a.m. so I moved to Pocatello and wrote for the Idaho State Journal,” he says.

From there, he went to graduate school at the University of Montana‘s School of Journalism, where he took seminars from Chris Jones of Esquire and Eli Saslow of The Washington Post.  In 2011, he covered the Montana  Legislature for a group of about 50 small newspapers last year and interned at the Tribune and the Bugle, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s  magazine.

Bloomsburg covers spot news on weekends and  writes features that fall between beats or other reporters don’t have time for.  He also covers the Nez Perce Tribe.  He writes a column, “Street Beef,” which appears every Monday. For his columns, he volunteered to be pepper-sprayed and Tasered (see photo below). Please come prepared to ask a question of Bloomsburg about the less painful parts of his job.

Tribune reporter Cody Bloomsburg jolts forward as Asotin Police Chief Bill Derbonne lights him up with a Taser. (Photo: Kyle Mills, Lewiston Tribune)