In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we are featuring several journalists who have reported on relevant topics, and who would love to visit your classroom! Take a look at our featured guest speakers below, and click here to connect your class with a guest speaker.
Guest Speakers for Native American Heritage Month
Journalists can share stories about Native American communities, and discuss issues affecting Native people.
- Allison Herrera, an award-winning radio journalist whose Native ties are to the Xolon Salinan tribe. Herrera reported on treaties signed between the U.S. Government and Native nations that shaped and continue to impact the country today.
- Tristan Ahtone, a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe and award-winning journalist who reported on the violent removal of Indigenous people, and removal's connection to some of the most powerful educational institutions in the U.S.
- Nate Hegyi, a journalist who has reported on negligence and misconduct in tribal jails, as well as the broader challenges Native communities experience.
- Alice Qannik Glenn and Jenna Kunze, Alaska based reporters who together cover how Alaska Natives are adapting to changes in the environment brought about by climate change.
- Daniella Zalcman, an award-winning photojournalist who reported on the lasting impacts of government-mandated residential schools for Native Americans in the U.S. and First Nations children in Canada.
- Melodie Edwards, producer, host, and journalist who reports on the history of pandemics in Native American reservations.
- Eléonore Léo Hamelin, a filmmaker and journalist who produced a documentary on the Navajo Times, a local journalism outlet serving the Navajo Nation.
- Mary F. Calvert, an award-winning photojournalist who reported on the legacy of U.S government mines on Navajo Nation and their devastating health impacts.
About the Virtual Journalist Visit Program
The Pulitzer Center offers free virtual journalist visits to K-12 schools worldwide. We have worked with more than a thousand journalists over the years, covering diverse topics and geographic regions, and we will match you with a journalist based on your request. We use many different platforms to connect, including Zoom, Google Meet, and Teams, and will work with you to identify the best technology for your learners. Virtual journalist visits are a great way to help students:
- Understand how what they're studying affects people's lives
- Learn how research, writing, critical thinking, multimedia, and more skills are used in journalism
- Practice preparing and asking questions of an expert
- Get excited about using the news to learn about the world
- And much more!