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Mike Kellogg, a Dine’ professional with decades of experience in managing the business side of news organizations, will become the first chief operating officer of IndiJ Public Media.

Kellogg, who served two terms as president of the Native American Journalists Association, will start his new role on Jan. 18. He will help develop and manage short- and long-term business strategies for IndiJ Public Media, the parent company of Indian Country Today, and will collaborate on efforts to grow the company’s reach, relevance, and revenue while delivering on the news organization’s mission and impact.

“Mike has a wealth of experience and skills in areas required of a chief operating officer, and we’re thrilled to have him join us, especially at this time of growth for our Indigenous-led startup company,” said Karen Michel, president/CEO of IndiJ Public Media, Ho-Chunk.

Michel said Kellogg will oversee critical operations, support the expansion and diversification of revenue streams for financial sustainability, and will be responsible for reaching top line earned revenue goals. He will also oversee and help develop marketing strategies to gain new audiences.

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“I am excited to join Indian Country Today and be part of the mission to expand and bring Native issues forward. A talented team is assembled in Indian Country Today and it is humbling to be included,” Kellogg said.

Since 2015, Kellogg has served as the director of marketing communications for Navajo Gaming where he developed and implemented internal marketing and communication strategy, managed and directed social media efforts, and coordinated internal communication. 

Prior to that, he served as director of advertising at the Farmington Daily Times in New Mexico, and was publisher of the Stillwater NewsPress in Oklahoma. His advertising experience includes managerial roles at the Niagara Gazette in New York, and at the Muskogee Daily Phoenix in Oklahoma.

“Mike has a rich resume. He understands the changes going on in the news industry,” Indian Country Today editor-at-large Mark Trahant said, “and, like all of us, he is committed to building a platform for young people to launch their careers. This is wonderful for IndiJ Public Media — and so smart.”

Indian Country Today (ICT) is an independent nonprofit, multimedia news enterprise with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, and bureaus in Alaska and Washington, D.C.. The award-winning digital news source covers the Indigenous world, including American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Country Today produces a public media broadcast carried via public television stations, including FNX: First Nations Experience and Arizona PBS World channel. Indian Country Today is owned by IndiJ Public Media, a 501(c)(3) public charity that sustains itself with funding from members, donors, foundations, and supporters worldwide.

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