Governor’s Humanities Award: ‘A search for truth’ spurs award-winning journalist Jim Robbins


Curiosity, empathy and a love of the written word.

These are just a few of the characteristics that make Jim Robbins stand out as a journalist.

They’re also attributes that make him one of this year’s winners of the Governor’s Humanities Award.

He’s among five awardees who will be honored in a virtual awards ceremony, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, that is open to the public. Register free on the Humanities Montana website:

Robbins fitted for angel wings by a Hollywood feather costume designer during research for his bird book.

Photo Courtesy of Jim Robbins

The award has been given biennially to outstanding Montana proponents of the humanities since 1984, recognizing the contributions of historians, novelists, tribal elders, philosophers, librarians, teachers and other cultural leaders.

“I was flabbergasted,” said Robbins of the honor. “I was very much surprised. It came out of left field.”

But those who know his work and nominated him believe he couldn’t be more deserving.

William Schmidt, a retired emeritus professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism hired Robbins back in the early 1980s

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