Elliot Njus

writer, reporter, editor


The Oregonian | Portland, Ore.

Housing and Development Reporter | August 2011–present

Resident Intern | June 2010–July 2011

  • Developed one-reporter beat covering county of 425,000 for weekly zoned print edition of The Oregonian

Columbia Missourian | Columbia, Mo.

Assistant City Editor | August 2009–May 2010

Reporter | May 2008–August 2008, August 2009–present

The Omaha World-Herald | Omaha, Neb.

Reporting Intern | June 2009–August 2009

  • Assigned to write a brief about a headstone bought for a man lynched and buried in an unmarked grave in Omaha, I tracked down the unlikely buyer — a California man —  and wrote a front-page story
  • Wrote another front-page feature and several section-front stories for a regional newspaper with a daily circulation of 184,150

The Maneater | Columbia, Mo.

Editor-in-Chief | August 2008–present

University News Editor | August 2007–May 2008

Crime Editor | January 2007–May 2007


University of Missouri School of Journalism | Columbia, Mo.
Bachelor of Journalism degree with a newspaper emphasis, 2010

Awards and honors

  • Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business award for explanatory journalism, 2012
  • Poynter College Fellowship, 2009
  • Missouri College Media Association second place award for investigative reporting, 2007
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2006
  • Missouri Journalism Scholars, 2006
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 2003


Software | Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Soundslides, Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel
Online | HTML/CSS coding, Web production on several content management systems, news blogging, video reporting and editing, audio reporting and editing
Language | Conversational German