Tony Moton


Dept:Greenlee School Journalism/Communication
613 Wallace Rd
Ames IA


Professor Moton, a native of Chicago’s South Side, holds a bachelor's in humanities/mass communications from Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), a master's in journalism/news editorial from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA from the University of California-Los Angeles in screenwriting. An award-winning journalist and screenwriter, he has earned journalism honors for sports feature writing from the Nevada Press Association (twice) and investigative reporting from the Kansas City Press Club. In 2003, he received a prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award while at UCLA for his feature-length screenplay “All Bets Are On,” about a Little League baseball player’s relationship with his charismatic but ill-fated grandfather. He maintains his screenwriting pursuits with several projects in development.

Professor Moton writes regularly for Nebraska Quarterly Magazine, an alumni publication of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where his contributions include feature stories about Stu Lantz, the long-time TV color commentator of the Los Angeles Lakers; the growing presence of emotional support animals (ESAs) on college campuses and the impact of Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) on the Nebraska campus.

He previously has worked as a sportswriter, columnist and investigative reporter in Des Moines, Minneapolis, the Quad Cities, Omaha, Louisville, Kansas City and Las Vegas. Among his major beats were the Chicago White Sox, the former Minnesota North Stars, the music industry and pop culture. He also has been an on-air talk radio host, a TV sports magazine host and a journalism professor at Drake University.

At Wartburg College, Professor Moton specialized in sports media, helped orchestrate Knight Vision and streaming sports productions and taught courses in sports media, newswriting and broadcasting.