Joni Balter Named IPS Visiting Scholar in Residence

Written by Laura Paskin
October 16, 2014

The Institute of Public Service (IPS) appointed Joni Balter, multi-media journalist and lecturer, as Visiting Scholar in Residence for 2014-15. Balter, well-known as a former editorial writer, columnist, and political editor at The Seattle Times, currently writes for Bloomberg View.

In addition to her writing, Balter is a regular guest on NPR-affiliate KUOW radio and  editorial adviser for a new current affairs program on KCTS TV. She hosts “Civic Cocktail," sponsored by Seattle CityClub, Crosscut, and the Seattle Channel, with guests ranging from Mayor Ed Murray to Governor Jay Inslee to Seattle’s premier restaurateur, Tom Douglas.  

As IPS Visiting Scholar in Residence, Balter will conduct a series of public events, beginning with an on-campus conversation with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on November 18. Balter, who previously taught at Seattle University and the University of Washington, will teach in the winter quarter 2015.

“We are so pleased to have Joni Balter on board,” said IPS Director Larry Hubbell. “I know that our students will benefit from her knowledge of politics and the media. Not only will Ms. Balter be an important resource for our students, she is also arranging a number of exciting events, which will include Mayor Murray, the Seattle city attorney, State of Washington Attorney General, and members of the Washington Congressional delegation.”

The conversation with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray takes place at 7 p.m. on November 18, 2014, in Pigott Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

The Institute of Public Service in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Public Administration, Master of Nonprofit Leadership, and undergraduate degrees in public affairs.