Pete Bland is the morning news editor and digital innovations editor for the Columbia Missourian — the J-School’s community newspaper. He also is an assistant professor on the Journalism Professions faculty.
Bland completed his bachelor’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1993. He worked for 20-plus years as an arts-and-entertainment columnist, features editor/writer, sports editor, copy editor and designer at the Columbia Daily Tribune and before that on the editorial staff of the Chicago Tribune.
Bland returned to the J-School in 2017 and has served in the roles of Knight fellow night news editor, managing the print copy and design desks; sports editor; and business-and-culture editor at the Missourian. As the digital innovations editor, he is based at the Missourian while also working for the Reynolds Journalism Institute, conducting real-time digital research, from testing pay models to reimagining social media best practices. He’s tasked with improving and updating the Missourian’s online content while still helping oversee its print output.
He also, in his role as professor, has taught the sports journalism class and continues to be the instructor for the copy editing course.