Diana Dawson

Diana is an award-winning reporter who for more than 20 years has taught and now leads the beginning newswriting course at the University of Texas known as Reporting Words. Because she’s committed to getting newbies off to a good start in the profession, she founded and directs the Moody Writing Support Program.

During Diana’s time in newsrooms, she specialized in social issues reporting, covering downer topics ranging from public schoolteachers’ sexual misconduct with their students and breakdowns in state mental health systems to an old farmer battling his wife’s Alzheimer’s disease and an Indian tribe’s quest to defeat poverty with education.

Over the years, her work won scores of national, regional and local awards. She was a finalist as part of a newsroom team for the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist for both the Ernie Pyle Award and for the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

Diana also wrote a nationally syndicated column about family television for 10 years that appeared weekly in more than 70 newspapers. She has freelanced as a writing consultant for corporations, a writing coach for newsrooms and as a writer for many publications including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Austin Monthly magazine.

When she’s not helping students improve their writing, Diana can be found kayaking, building her backyard fort and making the world a better place, one public service project at a time.