Tara Gatewood

Tara Gatewood headshot

Tara Gatewood

Adjunct Lecturer
BA, University of New Mexico

@taraN8V on Twitter and Instagram

Award winning veteran Journalist Tara Gatewood, Enrolled Citizen of the Pueblo of Isleta/Diné, is currently the Director of the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Fund for Indigenous Journalists Reporting on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit and Transgender People (MMIWG2T) ( https://www.iwmf.org/programs/fund-for-indigenous-journalists/ ) which is an initiative that directly supports Indigenous journalists’ reporting on the issue of MMIWG2T and the violence that targets members of Indigenous nations, both on sovereign ground and in urban settings in the U.S.

She is also currently the voice of Indigenous Foundation which is a music and public affairs program heard on Santa Fe New Mexico’s KSFR 101.1 FM each Saturday 3-5 p.m. Mountain Time since 2009. ( https://www.ksfr.org/people/tara-gatewood )

This spring (2024) Tara will be teaching a course on “Indigenous People on Screen” at the University of New Mexico in the department of Film and Digital Arts.

Tara is also a community curator/co-curator as a part of the Pueblo Pottery Collective with the Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery which is a rare exhibition curated by the Native American communities it represents. The project gives authority and voice to the Pueblo Pottery Collective, a group of over 60 individual members of 21 tribal communities who selected and wrote about artistically or culturally distinctive pots from two significant Pueblo pottery collections—the Indian Arts Research Center of the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe and the Vilcek Foundation of New York. It was organized by the School for Advanced Research and the Vilcek Foundation which debuted July 31, 2022, on Tewa Indian lands at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe before it travels nationally.
( https://sarweb.org/iarc/grounded-in-clay/ )

• July 31, 2022–May 29, 2023, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe
• July 13, 2023–June 4, 2024, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Vilcek Foundation, New York
• October 27, 2024–January 19, 2025, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
• March 9–June 1, 2025, Saint Louis Art Museum

She is also the former Host and Producer of Koahnic Broadcast Corporation’s nationally syndicated radio call-in show Native America Calling where she led thought-provoking conversations with invited guests and callers that highlighted issues specific to Indigenous nations like health care, culture, politics, pop culture and justice on 70 plus stations. Tara was with Native America Calling for nearly 16 years after joining the program in 2005 as an associate producer and then later moved into the Producer and Host position.

She was also the Northern New Mexico Project Coordinator for the New Mexico Local News Fund. ( https://www.nmlocalnews.org )

Beyond radio broadcasting, her palette of story sharing also includes working in South Dakota, Minnesota and Massachusetts. Tara reported and photographed for several news organizations and her past works can be found in the Boston Globe, Aberdeen American News, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Native Peoples Magazine and Native American Art Magazine.

She previously owned and operated Intu Media, which specialized in print, photo, and video marketing as well as public relations for Native American organizations and artists.

She currently serves on the Governance Council of the Native American Budget and Policy Institute.

She is also on the MediaRites Board of Directors

She also served on the board of directors of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity.

Over the years she has received several awards from the Native American Journalist Association for her work. And most recently she was chosen by the Association for Women in Communications to receive the 2021 International Matrix Award. Tara was also chosen to be an AIR 2020 New Voices Scholar. She is also a recipient of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture 2020 Media Trailblazers award sponsored by the Native American Advised Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Native Women Lead, and Indigenous Goddess Gang. She is also an Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources (IJNR) 2020 Gulf Coast Institute Fellow. Tara is also an International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) 2020 Lauren Brown Fellow and was featured in IWMF’s “19 Women Changing Journalism in 2019” spotlight. In 2019, she was also an inaugural IWMF Gwen Ifill Fellow. She was also a 2018-19 Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) Regional Health Journalism Fellow and a 2018 AHCJ Ethnic Media Health Journalism Fellow. She was also named one of the 2015 National Center for American Enterprise Development “Native American 40 Under 40” Award winners.

Links to work:
Grounded in Clay – Tara Gatewood work and words and art https://groundedinclay.org/?s=tara+gatewood

Tara Gatewood art on page 11-12 of the Grounded in Clay downloadable coloring book https://groundedinclay.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/GIC-Coloring-book_FINAL-7.7.22.pdf

“COVID-19 And Native America: Regis Pecos” https://www.ksfr.org/news/2020-04-06/covid-19-and-native-america-regis-pecos

“Thursday, July 4, 2013: ***Pre-Recorded*** The Full Tonto”