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A little about Mallary

Mallary Tenore is an assistant professor of practice University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches journalism classes in the Moody College of Communication and writing classes at the McCombs School of Business.

She is writing a narrative nonfiction book titled Slip: Recovery, Sickness & the Space in Between, which explores the under-discussed complexities of eating disorders and recovery from them. The book is equal parts memoir and journalism, and it weaves together her own narrative with perspectives from clinicians, researchers, and others with lived experience. In 2023, Mallary received a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support the science-related reporting in the book, specifically around the neurobiological and genetic aspects of eating disorders. The book will be published by Simon & Schuster, via its Simon Element imprint, in 2025. 


Previously, Mallary was the associate director of UT Austin’s Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, an international training and outreach center for journalists. In this role, Mallary oversaw the Center’s pioneering distance learning program, which has reached more than 300,000 people from 200 countries and territories. She also co-organized the Knight Center’s International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), which convenes journalists and media executives from around the world.

Prior to UT Austin, Mallary was executive director the nonprofit Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh), where she developed a storytelling genre called Restorative Narrative — stories that show how people and communities are finding meaningful pathways forward in the aftermath of trauma. Mallary managed all of ivoh’s programs, events, and fundraising efforts, and she created a Restorative Narrative Fellowship for journalists.


Mallary started her career at The Poynter Institute, a world-renowned journalism think tank. As managing editor of the Institute’s website,, she wrote and edited stories about the media industry and interviewed hundreds of journalists and authors. At Poynter, Mallary also taught social media and writing workshops to journalists who visited The Poynter Institute for professional development training. She continues to conduct occasional newsroom writing training for the Poynter Institute.

In 2013, Mallary was named one of the top 50 female innovators in digital journalism. In 2012, she was featured on a list of the top 100 Twitter accounts every journalism student should follow, and she was named a Mirror Award finalist for outstanding media reporting.


Mallary’s articles and personal essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles TimesThe Dallas Morning News, The Tampa Bay Times, and Harvard University's Nieman Storyboard, among other publications. Mallary holds a bachelor’s degree from Providence College and a master’s of fine arts in nonfiction writing from Goucher College.


She lives in the Austin area with her husband and two young children, Madelyn and Tucker.

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