Kolby KickingWoman, Blackfeet and Gros Ventre, will be joining Indian Country Today as a reporter-producer in the Washington Bureau.
KickingWoman recently finished a Wilma Mankiller Fellowship for the National Congress of American Indians. For the past 11 months, he worked with the communications department of the national organization and sent out the weekly digital newsletter via email for Indian Country Today with the help of Heather Donovan, advertising manager.
Donovan is excited to have KickingWoman officially join the news organization.
“I have worked with Kolby now for over a year. He is a real asset to the team, he is talented, he is responsive and just an all around great person! “ she said. “We are lucky to have him!”
The new reporter-producer holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana where he covered sports for the school’s newspaper, the Montana Kaimin, for more than a year.
He also interned for the Missoulian newspaper in Missoula, Montana, his hometown, before moving to Washington, D.C.
KickingWoman is looking forward to writing again.
“I am really excited to be joining the Indian Country Today team and to get back into writing,” he said. “Having read a lot of the work the team has done over the past year since I've moved to D.C., it should be great joining such a good group of people and producing quality content for Indian Country Today’s readership.”
The company’s expansion adds more excitement and room to learn more.
“With Indian Country Today going through an expansion of sorts, I'm looking forward to learning from Mark, Vince, Jourdan and the whole team as we navigate these ‘new waters,’ if you will,” he said. “All and all, I'm super pumped and grateful to be reporting on and for Indian Country; it's going to be a lot of fun!”
Patty Talahongva, executive producer, said KickingWoman is a person we need in the Washington bureau.
"We welcome Kolby to our D.C. news bureau. He is a much needed addition to help us cover news coming out of Congress, the Supreme Court and all federal agencies,” said Talahongva, who is based in Phoenix, the headquarters and broadcast studio for Indian Country Today.
Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, reporter-producer, is excited to add another storyteller to the team.
“Indian Country has so many stories to tell. I can’t count how many times we’ve said, ‘We need more writers.’ Now Kolby can help document using his unique skill set and perspective, and knowledge of Washington,” she said. “I’m excited to be working alongside him in the newsroom.”