NMC and NMI Fellows
TRISTAN AHTONE is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Before becoming a reporter, Tristan held a number of exciting jobs, such as door-to-door salesman, delivery driver, telemarketer, secretary, janitor, busboy, and office clerk to name a few. In 2008, Tristan graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism with a masters degree in broadcast journalism. His favorite medium is radio, but being freelance, he is more than capable of doing print, web and television. Tristan is currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico covering the presidential elections and their effect on Indian Country. He will stay there until the heat kills him, he gets a better offer, or makes a rash decision and decides to escape the desert for love or money. Visit Tristan’s website at www.cowboykiller.com.
RHONDA LEVALDO Acoma Pueblo from Acoma, New Mexico, currently a graduate student in the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. LeValdo also is an Adjunct Faculty member at Haskell Indian Nations University where she received her AA degree before continuing on to KU. She also has her own radio show “Native Spirit” at KKFI-FM 90.1 Kansas City, MO. LeValdo recently finished her first documentary called “The Kickapoo Experience” that was screened at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. She also has done much production and camera work for Haskell and government videos. Currently she sits on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalist Association. Her extracurricular activities include being a sponsor for the Haskell Intertribal Cultural Club and the Haskell Stories ‘N Motion film club. She enjoys running and dancing at powwows with her two children. Visit Rhonda’s website at www.geocities.com/nativespiritradio.
JORI LEWIS is a freelance radio producer and writer who does stories about how people relate to their physical, social and cultural environments. She has advanced degrees in the social sciences and in journalism and always felt like the two went hand in hand. She is also a graduate of Berkeley’s Journalism School where she focused on long-form writing and reporting. She has worked as an environmental reporter for PRI’s The World doing in-depth features everywhere from the US-Mexico border to Iceland and has been reporting for other independent radio, television and online outlets. Most recently, she has been a finalist for the 2007 Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Visit Jori’s website at www.jorilewis.com.
THERESE ARROYO-MATANANE spent close to 15 years in marketing and advertising working her way up to Creative Director for Images Advertising, a company she and her partners established in 1986. During this time, Therese gained invaluable marketing and advertising experience working with clients to develop successful marketing and advertising campaign solutions for their company and products. She worked with companies in Guam as well as clients representing large US corporations, and collaborated with well-known production houses in the Philippines, Hawaii and elsewhere. In 2007 Therese opened Matanane Creative, a company she owns and operates. She continues working in marketing and advertising with emphasis on television production. She is the Executive Producer of a 60-minute television show and is planning to launch a second television show in the near future. She recently wrapped production on a series of television commercials, corporate promotional videos and Under the American Sun, a 2-minute sizzle reel with Director Alex Munoz, www.camproxas.com. Therese produces/directs/writes/edits/DP’s and has lent her graphic artist skills to the job when asked. Therese earned her degree in film and motion picture from the Brooks Institute of Film in Santa Barbara, California.
CATHERINE CRUZ NORTON graduated from Seattle University in 1992 with a B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communications. In 1992, she returned to her home on Guam and began a career as a broadcast journalist with Guam Cable TV. Catherine spent 8-years as a journalist covering stories at home and abroad, and was promoted twice during her career to producer/assistant news director and eventually to anchor for the evening news. Catherine had the rare opportunity to cover stories such as the aftermath of the powerful 8.1 earthquake that rocked Guam in 1993; the Korean Airlines Crash in 1997; the visit of U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1998 and the home-porting of three nuclear powered submarines on Guam in 2002-3. Following this stint as a broadcast journalist, Catherine felt that it was time to broaden her horizons and accepted a job as the Public Relations Manager for Raytheon Technical Services, the defense contractor hired by Navy Guam. She soon found herself operating a news department for Navy Guam as the primary copy-editor for the base newspaper, and producer for the broadcast TV news and entertainment program – Guam Navy News. Following 8-years of public relations and marketing work for the federal government and private sectors, Catherine launched a new endeavor with the opening of a consulting firm, CruzNorton Consulting, a Strategic Marketing and Media Solutions Firm. As the sole-proprietor for this small woman-owned business, Catherine provides marketing and public relations consulting for organizations and companies such as: the GCA Trades Academy, University of Guam Professional and International Programs, Parsons Transportation Group, Global Food Services Group, Louis Berger Group, and Galaide Group. Catherine is married to a native Hawaiian and enjoys spending time with her two children – Kaitlyn Waileia and Nainoa Christian.