Meet Indian Country Today’s Executive Producer – Patty Talahongva

By Kalle Benallie, Reporter/Producer Intern
Published on August 14, 2020

Patty Talahongva is Hopi  from the Walpi Village located on  First Mesa in the town of Polacca, Arizona, and was born in Denver, Colorado. She has worked for decades in television news, radio news and print,  where she started at the age of 16. She covered many national stories throughout her career, including the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992, the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in 2004 at the National Mall in Washington D.C.,  and Arizona’s Yarnell Fire that took the lives of 19 Hot Shot firefighters. She was also a former president of the Native American Journalist Association and  a current board member of the Center for Native American youth. In 2019, she joined Indian Country Today as the executive producer of the television news program.