Indian Country Today adds another full-time reporter-producer to its roster, Kalle Benallie.
Benallie, Navajo, started out as an intern for the organization in spring of 2020, which was also her last semester at Arizona State University.
“Kalle Benallie is a solid reporter and wonderful writer,” said ICT editor Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock. “And she represents an important career path: She worked as an intern, then part-time, and now she has a full time reporting gig.”
When the pandemic started, she took on the challenging assignment of managing and writing obituaries for people who died of COVID-19 (and continues to). Her “Portraits From the Pandemic” series has brought depth and context to ICT coverage of the scope of the pandemic’s impacts to Indian Country.
Benallie is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and will work remotely and from the Phoenix bureau. She’ll report to Managing Editor Jourdan Bennett-Begay, Diné.
"I'm glad to be part of a news team and organization that is dedicated to telling Native stories. I've learned so much being with Indian Country Today and I hope it will only continue,” Benallie said.
Her experience includes working as a reporter for State Press, the Cronkite Journal, Cronkite News, and as an intern for the Arizona Republic. She was recognized as a Chief Manuelito Scholar, and awarded a Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship, and a New American Scholar Dean’s Award. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2020 with a degree in mass communications and journalism.
Trahant has said Indian Country Today has been rapidly growing, learning and building. The nonprofit has expanded from three employees in 2018 to more than two dozen now.
“And still it’s not enough to serve our audience the way we would like. There are so many days when we don't have a reporter or a producer to cover the stories we know about,” Trahant said.
The company is working to further expand Indigenous news coverage, with the goal of contributing to a growing national visibility for Indian Country.
“I am looking forward to doing what I can to create more opportunities for Native journalists,” Trahant said.
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