Indian Country Today Names Head of New TV Programs
Patty Talahongva will be the executive producer for Indian Country Today’s (ICT) new television news program. ICT will soon open their newsroom at Arizona State University. One of the reinvigorated venture’s plans is to produce the first national news show by and about Native Americans. ICT is also planning a short daily video report as well as other broadcast projects; Talahongva will lead this section of the nonprofit. The Hopi Tribe member is an award-winning producer and freelance journalist, who in 2002, became the first Native American to host a national news program. She covers education, business, politics, health, and arts & culture in Indian Country, and Talahongva has also covered national stories such as the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992, reporting from the streets, and the grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in 2004. She is a former president of the Native American Journalists Association and still leads its student projects. She also serves on the Board of the Center for Native American Youth. "This is a huge honor for me to be selected to lead this historic newsroom that will truly bring an American Indian perspective to our news programs. It's also a tremendous responsibility and I fully embrace this opportunity to serve our Native peoples,” Talahongva said. "I'm excited to join the Indian Country Today newsroom and I look forward to working with the team Mark is assembling. We plan on changing the newscape for Indian Country." Talahongva will be based in Phoenix and begins her new role in early June. More here.