Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Mongolian Mining Journal Bolormaa Luntan was found dead in her apartment on November 21. Her passing is a great loss for Mongolian journalism.
The reasons for her death remain unknown. “We don’t know if her death was linked to outside factors. It’s early to start talking about the causes. The forensic results will be available in two weeks,” said B.Baatarkhuu, the press agent for the Police Department.
Bolormaa wrote mainly about economics, politics, business, and mining. She was named Mongolia’s Journalist of the Year in 2003.
After graduating from the National University of Mongolia in journalism, she advanced her career at the International Institute for Journalism in Germany and the World Press Institute in the U.S. with a focus on economic and business reporting. She later gained more experience at The Washington Post and Grand Forks Herald.
L.Bolormaa started her career in 1998 at Unuudur, as head of the economy and business section. She was then promoted to deputy director to the editor-in-chief of Unuudur from 2001 to 2008. She was a pioneer in bringing Western-style journalism to Mongolia.
She published “Daashinztai Survaljlaguud” (Dressed Reports) in 2007, a guidebook for journalism students, teachers, reporters, and editors. The book recounted her journey, from her early days as a reporter, interviews with former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and her reports from Afghanistan. In 2013, Bolormaa published her second book, “Zavgui” (Busy), about modern journalism management.
Bolormaa founded the Mongolian Mining Journal (MMJ) in 2008. The MMJ is published in English and Mongolian and is an independent news outlet that was named the Best Journal in Mongolia in 2008, 2012, and 2013. She used MMJ as a model to sculpt professional journalism in Mongolia.
She also founded the NGO Khugjliin Tuluu Setguulzui (Journalism for Development), aimed at training young journalists in economic and mining reporting. She established Khugjil TV studio in 2011 and broadcast a program frequently aired on Eagle, Channel 25, and C1 TV.
She spoke about issues which sparked debate and action, and she was a great champion and role model for independent journalism. Rest in peace, Bolormaa Luntan.