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. This opportunity is open to classroom and afterschool educators, as well as educators working with students in carceral facilities.
Journalist Guest Speakers for Native American Heritage Month
Journalists can share stories about Native American communities, and discuss issues affecting Native people.
- Arlyssa Becenti, a Diné journalist with more than a decade of experience reporting on Navajo Nation, who is covering the importance of the Native vote, and Arizona's efforts to disenfranchise Indigenous people.
- Brian Adams, an Iñupiaq photographer who documented the return and burial of Anastasia, a girl who was taken from her Alutiiq home to an Indian residential school where she died. Adams's images tell a story of mourning, healing, and strength.
- Tristan Ahtone, a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe and investigative journalist who reported on the violent removal of Indigenous people in the United States and its connection to some of the country’s most powerful universities.
- Melodie Edwards and Taylar Dawn Stagner, journalists who created a podcast on the history of pandemics in Native American reservations.
- Alice Qannik Glenn and Jenna Kunze, Alaska-based reporters whose audio stories cover how Alaska Natives are adapting to changes in the environment brought about by climate change.
- Daniella Zalcman, a photojournalist and co-founder of Indigenous Photograph, who reported on the lasting impacts of government-mandated residential schools for Native Americans in the United States and First Nations children in Canada.
- Eléonore Léo Hamelin, a filmmaker and journalist who produced a documentary on the Navajo Times, a local journalism outlet serving the Navajo Nation.
- Nate Hegyi, a journalist who has reported on negligence and misconduct in tribal jails, as well as the broader challenges Native American communities experience.
- Gina Castro, a journalist covering Hurricane Ida recovery efforts and disparities affecting Louisiana's Native American tribes.
- 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.
NOTE: Due to availability, we cannot always guarantee a specific journalist, but we will work with you to suggest several options based on your goals and meeting times.
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!