Posts Tagged ‘radio’

Minnesota SPJ Awards 2018

2018 Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards

Every year, the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts an awards banquet honoring the best in Minnesota television, newspaper, magazine, and also radio journalism. In 2018, received a first place award in the planned feature category for “Arnellia’s: Our Own Apollo,” about the closing of Minnesota’s last black-owned music club. I received a second place award for best radio feature for my portrait of Hmong chef Yia Vang.

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Milan Dennie

One Day, 350 Haircuts

Some people donate money. Others donate time. A St. Paul barber has a different approach to helping others. One day every year, Milan Dennie gives away free haircuts.

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Cedric Red Feather

Cedric Red Feather and the Ghost Dance

The Virginia-based public radio program With Good Reason assigned me to produce an audio postcard about a Native American spiritual ceremony called the Ghost Dance. Cedric Red Feather is a Mandan Turtle Priest based in Minnesota who organized this Ghost Dance ceremony I observed in May 2016. The segment I produced was part of a larger feature on historian Elizabeth Fenn whose book about the Mandan, Encounters at the End of the World, won a Pulitzer Prize for History in 2015. While researching the book, Fenn and Red Feather became friends. Fenn credits Red Feather with helping her to appreciate the significance of Mandan spiritual life.

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Desdamona

Desdamona’s No Man’s Land

Desdamona is an emcee who doesn’t want you to call her a femme cee. On her newest album, “No Man’s Land,” the Minnesota musician conjures a world where women are the dominant force in hip hop. I reported this story for KFAI’s Minneculture series.

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Hooked on Ice Fishing

Walter Humphrey and Jerrel Matthews are two friends who love nothing more than to fish from dawn until dusk. I spent a day with the duo on Medicine Lake to discover the hidden world of Minnesota ice fishing to report this story for KFAI community radio in Minneapolis.

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