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Nathan Abrams

Nathan Abrams

Nathan Abrams is an Onöndowa’ga:’ journalist, born and raised on the Seneca Nation of Indians’ Ohi:yo’ territory in southwestern New York state.

In his work, he seeks to connect contemporary Indigenous experiences to the historical contexts from which they emerge. His primary focus is highlighting the living practice of arts, culture and foodways throughout Haudenosaunee territories by centering the voices of those within the communities who do this vital work. 

Abrams earned his bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Reflection Nathan Abrams

I am grateful to have spent the past week working to share the voice and story of Swinomish elder Larry Campbell. Larry is infectiously passionate about the work of preserving the lifeways of his community and rethinking our idea of health. During our conversation,...

Adrianna Adame

Adrianna Adame

Adrianna Adame is a freelance writer and journalist who is passionate about reporting on underrepresented communities and the social issues that affect people within them. 

Adrianna was awarded the Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities to study at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to complete her MA in journalism. 

Currently, Adrianna is working as an intern at She also writes lifestyle and pop culture articles at POPSUGAR and Flique Editorial. Eventually, Adrianna wants to become an investigative journalist to report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children.

Reflection Adrianna Adame

When I first applied to NAJA x Next Gen Radio III, I didn’t even complete my application – not because I didn’t want to be a part of the program, but I doubted whether I could actually develop a multi-element story of quality in such a short amount of time. As a grad...

Joseph Lee

Joseph Lee

Joseph is an Aquinnah Wampanoag writer from Massachusetts and has lived in New York City for over ten years. He has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. He also teaches creative writing at Mercy College. He is currently an Indigenous Affairs Fellow at Grist, where he writes about the intersection of Indigenous communities and the environment.

Reflection Joseph Lee

Coming into this week for NAJA x Next Gen III, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Before this program, I had never done an audio story before and honestly wasn’t sure what was involved. I didn’t know exactly how (or if) my written journalism experience would translate to...

Shana Lombard

Shana Lombard

Shana Lombard is a member of the Cowlitz Tribe, a Yakama descendant and white American. She received a degree in multimedia journalism from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication in 2020. Based in Grayland, Washington, she works in the communications department for a local Indigenous nation. Lombard previously reported for the Indian Leader at Haskell Indian Nations University. 

While in college, Lombard was the master control operator for Cable 8 Productions, camera operator for Coug Vision, production assistant 6 News Lawrence, and a showrunner for a day for ESPN. She won best documentary by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium in 2017. She also won best news photo and best feature photo in the student division for the National Native Media Awards in 2017.     

Reflection Shana Lombard

I began following the European Green Crab story last year when I began to ask departments what they were working on so I could make content for our new Shoalwater Bay website. I spent my time with them on the field and taking photos, not knowing what I’d do with them...

JoVonne Wagner

JoVonne Wagner

JoVonne Wagner is from the Blackfeet Nation and is an intern reporter for Buffalo’s Fire, an Indigenous focused publication. She will be graduating this fall from the University of Montana’s School of Journalism. Her professional interests include Indigneous storytelling and multimedia journalism. She enjoys sci-fi and fantasy movies including Star Wars.

Reflection JoVonne Wagner

The past two weeks have been so valuable for me working with NPR Next Gen Radio. I began my journalism journey in 2019 after transferring schools and changing majors. It was great! But then the coronavirus pandemic hit, which completely changed how we do things. My...


The Next Generation Radio Project is a week-long digital journalism training project designed to give competitively selected participants, who are interested in radio and journalism, the skills and opportunity to report and produce their own multimedia story. Those chosen for the project are paired with a professional journalist who serves as their mentor.

This edition of the #NPRNextGenRadio project was produced in collaboration with:

  • Managing Editors – Michelle Faust Raghavan - Independent Editor, Portland, Oregon; Phyllis Fletcher - Independent Editor, Seattle
  • Digital Editors – Alexis L. Richardson, Chief Innovation Officer/Digital Content Strategist, Philadelphia; Lita Beck (Navajo) - Senior Politics Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer;  Heather C. Gomez (Jicarilla Apache) - Freelance Digital Editor, Dulce, New Mexico
  • Audio Tech – Selena Seay-Reynolds - Freelance Audio Engineer, Los Angeles; Abby Fritz, Freelance Audio Tech/Producer, Syracuse, New York
  • Editorial Illustrators – Lauren Ibañez, Freelance Editorial Illustrator, Houston; Eejoon Choi - Freelance Editorial Illustrator, Los Angeles; Ard Su - Freelance Editorial Illustrator, New York
  • Visuals –  Todd Michalek, Freelance Visual Journalist, Syracuse, New York
  • Web Developer – Robert Boos, Freelance Creative Technologist, Minneapolis

Our journalist/mentors for this project were:

  • Pauly Denetclaw - Politics Reporter, Indian Country Today, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Savannah Maher - Reporter, Marketplace, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Taylar Stegner (Shoshone and Arapaho) - Tribal & Rural Reporter, Wyoming Public Radio
  • Tarryn Mento - Reporting Fellow, WAER, Syracuse, New York
  • Carrie Jung - Education Reporter, WBUR, Boston

NPR’s Next Generation Radio program is directed by its founder, Doug Mitchell.

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