National Geographic Editor-in-Chief Chris Johns delivers Montana Journalism's Dean Stone distinguished lecture on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Theater. Johns' talk, entitled "Looking Beyond 125 Years," paid tribute to the sterling reputation and history of National Geographic while exploring the future of the magazine, television and other digital platforms.
Johns is only the ninth editor of National Geographic since its founding in 1888. He was appointed to the position in 2005 and in 2013 was also named executive vice president and editorial director for the National Geographic Society. Johns leads the editorial development, design and execution of National Geographic's print, digital and video content across distribution channels.
Johns's defining images are of Africa, its people and wildlife. American Photo magazine called him one of the world's 25 most important photographers in 2003. Johns has won numerous awards for his work including the National Newspaper Photographer of the Year and Advertising Age Magazine's Editor of the Year.
His photojournalism career began in 1975 at the Topeka Capital-Journal as a staff photographer; he worked at the Seattle Times as picture editor and special projects photographer and had an outstanding freelance career with Life, Time and National Geographic magazines.
In addition to his public lecture, Johns spent time in the School of Journalism speaking to students, worked with masters candidates and consulted with the faculty. He was guest of honor at the annual Dean Stone Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Friday evening.