Native Heartbeat is owned by Glasswater Media, which is owned by former NWIN producer Mark Anderson, Cowlitz. It is hosted by former NWIN host Chenoa Egawa, Lummi/Lower Elwha Klallam. Meanwhile, NWIN continues to be produced by the Tulalip Tribes Communications Department. Long-time NWIN reporter Niki Cleary remains with the original program.
NWIN was founded in 2003 and is funded primarily by The Tulalip Tribes. It is mailed by DVD to TV stations for broadcast and there are no paid commercials. Its team of almost 20 reporters has included Cleary, a reporter for See-Yaht-Sub, the Tulalip newspaper; Freddie Lane, editor of Squol Quol, the Lummi newspaper; and Ronnie Washines, editor of the Yakama Nation Review.
Jim Browder, Native Heartbeat program director, said NWIN’s success enabled Native Heartbeat to be born. While NWIN’s focus is the Northwest, Browder and Anderson envision Native Heartbeat reaching Native and non-Native viewers year-round from coast to coast.
Native Heartbeat will be broadcast on television networks – among them NBC, PBS, the CW, Dish Network and Newport Television – and local network affiliates, and will include paid commercials.
Native Heartbeat continues a tradition of award-winning NWIN programming. An NWIN feature about the construction of a traditional Cathlapotle plankhouse won an award from the Native American Journalists Association. Other awards include a Telly for excellence in local and regional TV programming.