Nomi Morris

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M.F.A. Writing (Nonfiction),

Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon


B.A., Joint Honors in Political Science and

Middle East Studies, 

McGill University, Montreal, Canada 



Nomi Morris is Director of the Journalism track in UC Santa Barbara’s Professional Writing Minor. She worked as an international journalist for two decades and started teaching in 2008. Morris is also faculty adviser to the Humans of UCSB social media project and the UCSB chapter of the National Association for Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). She teaches creative nonfiction and journalism courses in News, Magazine Writing and Digital Journalism, including supervising students interns to publish on the website and social media pages of the university’s Division of Humanities and Fine Arts.


After covering the 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall for the Toronto Star newspaper Morris moved to Berlin, from where she reported for the San Francisco Chronicle, CBC Radio and others before becoming TIME’s correspondent there. She was Senior Writer for International at Maclean’s, Canada’s national news magazine, before moving to Jerusalem in the late 1990s as Middle East Bureau Chief for Knight Ridder Newspapers (now McClatchy).


Since arriving in California 2001, Morris has written for Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and the Santa Barbara News-Press. Her book reviews and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and other magazines and literary journals. Morris has a joint honors BA in Political Science and Middle East Studies and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing. Before joining UCSB, she taught at the USC Annenberg School for Journalism in Los Angeles and was previously Program Chair for Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute in Ventura, California.


Nomi Morris also leads a summer course in International Reporting in Berlin, Germany.

Journalism and News

Magazine Writing

Digital Journalism

HFA Internship

Advanced Beat Reporting

Creative Nonfiction

Journalism Track Internship, Berlin

International Reporting

Journalism Today (lower division intro course)

Journalism for Web and Social Media.

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