Koahnic Broadcast Corp. launches search for regular host of Native America Calling


Last updated 7/26/2021 at 9:59pm


July 26, 2021

Koahnic Broadcast Corp. launches search for regular host of Native America Calling

Koahnic Broadcast Corp., an Alaska Native governed and owned media company, announced today a search for a new host of its nationally syndicated program Native America Calling.

Longtime host Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo/Diné) will be moving on to join the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF). Gatewood will take the role of director, heading up a new initiative to draw attention to violence against Native American women across the country. While Gatewood will be stepping back as a regular host, she will continue to host select shows on Native America Calling.

"Koahnic is deeply grateful for Tara's years of work at Native America Calling," said Jaclyn Sallee, CEO of Koahnic Broadcast Corp. "Her talent and expertise has been invaluable in creating this unique and meaningful program, and our nation is a better place because of the issues raised and discussed by Tara. We wish her the best in her next endeavor, and we know this opening is an incredible opportunity for a new host."

In the interim, our existing staff, including National Native News Anchor/Producer Antonia Gonzales and KNBA News Director Tripp Crouse, will help fill in. In addition, the show intends to bring in guest hosts until a permanent replacement is hired.

Additional changes at Koahnic Broadcast Corp. bring the departure of Native America Calling Senior Producer Monica Braine (Assiniboine/Hunkpapa Lakota), who recently took a new position working with Native-owned AMERIND. Braine is an employee with many talents who proved a critical voice both in front of and behind the microphone.

Native America Calling is a live call-in program linking public radio stations, the internet and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Each program engages noted guests and experts with callers throughout the United States and is designed to improve the quality of life for Native Americans. Native America Calling is heard on nearly 70 public, community and tribal radio stations in the United States and in Canada. NAC is a production of Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, a Native-operated media center in Anchorage, Alaska.


Media contact: Emily McLaughlin, 907-382-3056, [email protected]


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