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KLCC wins four NAJA awards

Kathy Aney, Alex Milan Tracy, Brian Bull.
Underscore.news, KLCC
(Clockwise from top L:) Mildred Quaempts mourns missing relatives on the Umatilla Indian Reservation; Harm Reduction Outreach Specialist Sharon Bruns at a Siletz-run clinic in Salem; Native firefighters conduct a cultural burn outside Eugene; Violet Johnson recites poems at a MMIW event; NATIVES educators install a totem pole at North Eugene High; Keith Schick (left) and Halie Nightpipe (right) with the totem pole.

The 2022 Native Media Awards have been announced, and KLCC reporter Brian Bull has won four for his reporting last year.

In the Associate Division III category for Radio/Podcast, a compilation of Bull’s stories earned KLCC a third place finish behind NPR and Minnesota Public Radio, for “Best Coverage of Native America.”

In the Professional Division III category for Radio/Podcast, Bull earned third place for Best Feature Story, for “Totems built by NATIVES students and staff now grace two Eugene schools,” and a third place for Excellence in Beat Reporting, for his coverage of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/Girls/People.

And in the Professional Division I category for Print/Online for Best Health Coverage, Bull placed second for his Underscore.News article, “Mocassin Telegraph Finds New Life as Source of Vaccine Information.”

The NAJA Awards are exclusively for coverage of Native American and Indigenous issues across the country, and draw hundreds of submissions every year.

“It’s hard to imagine the Northwest without the contributions and culture of Native people,” said KLCC General Manager, Jim Rondeau. “We’re proud to hear that reflected in KLCC’s coverage…and Brian is in wonderful company as one of the most accomplished storytellers in public media.”

Bull joined KLCC in 2016. He’s an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and long-standing member of NAJA. He’s covered Indigenous stories for NPR, National Native News, and Underscore.news, with additional carriage from newspapers such as Indian Country Today, High Country News, and The Oregonian.

Bull also works with NPR’s Next Generation Radio Projectas a mentor for up-and-coming journalists from underrepresented communities. He’s currently finishing at Master’s Degree in Online Journalism at New York University.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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