College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
College Agricultural and Life Sciences Affiliate Faculty School of Journalism and Mass Media
Campus Locations: Moscow
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies in Zoology and Journalism, University of Idaho, 1981
Bill Loftus, science writer for the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, covered outdoors and environmental news for 16 years with the Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune. He led the Outdoors section, which was judged best in the nation seven times by the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He won C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for enterprise reporting and others from the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press Association, Association for Communications Excellence, Idaho Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists and Idaho Wildlife Federation. Loftus worked on the UI announcement of Idaho Gem, the first equine clone who made news worldwide. That project won an outstanding professional skill award from the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences.
In 2006, Bill oversaw media relations for the racing debut of Idaho Gem and his brother, Idaho Star, the world’s first cloned athletes. Stories about the clones appeared in newspapers worldwide. His stories have appeared in The New York Times. He wrote a weekly outdoors column for The Associated Press and two travel guides to Idaho. He is a member of the Idaho Press Club, National Association of Science Writers and Association for Communications Excellence.
Bill earned a UI bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in zoology and journalism. He teaches journalism classes and for three years team-taught the freshman core class “Fire, Myth and Mankind: Coming to Terms with Nature. He also is teaching the Integrated Seminar for freshmen, "Fire, Myth and Humanity."
- Small world: Old friends meet up by chance at swearing-in, Lewiston Tribune, Jan. 21, 2009
- Idaho Gunman Also Killed Wife, Police Say, The New York Times, May 22, 2007
- Gunman kills officer in Idaho Courthouse, The New York Times, May 20, 2007
- Mules Are the First Cloned Equines, The Natural Superiority of Mules, John Hauer, Globe Pequot Press, 2006
- Planning and Zoning Commission member, Genesee, Idaho
- Moscow School District mentor, Moscow, Idaho
- Association for Communications Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences Idaho state director
- National Association of Science Writers member
- Morrill Act 150th Anniversary Committee member
- University of Idaho 125th Anniversary Committee co-chair
- Award for Excellence, University of Idaho Alumni Association, recognition for undergraduate mentoring, 2008
- Outstanding Employee, University of Idaho, recognition of communications efforts related to cloned mules, 2006
- Outstanding Professional Skill Award, Association of Communications Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences, Recognition of 2003 mule clone media relations efforts, reflecting best of division for integrated communications projects. 2004
- Multiple writing awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Society of Professional Journalists, Idaho Press Club, Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association, and Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press Association
- Best Newspaper Outdoors Section, Outdoor Writers of America Association, national winner seven times