Tristan Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. He’s also Choctaw, German and English and a few other dashes of European (just to make things more interesting).
Before becoming a reporter, Tristan held a number of exciting jobs, such as door-to-door salesman, delivery driver, telemarketer, secretary, janitor, busboy, and office clerk to name a few.
In 2006, Tristan graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a bachelors degree in Creative Writing. In 2008, he received a masters degree in broadcast journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism.
Since 2008, Tristan has specialized in covering Native American, environmental and healthcare issues, and has worked with The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, National Native News, Frontline, Wyoming Public Radio, Indian Country Today, Sirius Satellite Radio, the Fronteras Desk, NPR and Al Jazeera America.
Tristan currently serves as the Vice President of the Native American Journalists Association and is based in Albuquerque.