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Virtual visit with Native American journalist

As part of LT’s multicultural celebrations and observances, students had the opportunity to take part in a virtual visit with journalist Allison Herrera, a Native American radio journalist.

Herrera’s work was recently featured on Public Radio International's “The World.” Her Native ties are from her Xolon Salinan tribal heritage; her family's traditional village was in the Toro Creek area of the Central California coast.

She's covered gender and equity for PRI's reporting project "Across Women's Lives," which focuses on women's rights around the world. This project has taken her to Ukraine, where Herrera showcased the country's global surrogacy industry and reported on families who are so desperate to escape the ongoing civil war that they have moved to abandoned towns near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site.

Herrera's Localore project "Invisible Nations" received several awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. Herrera previously covered Oklahoma's diverse Indigenous population and received an Emmy award nomination for her Reveal story "Does the Time Fit the Crime," which centered on criminal justice in Oklahoma and Ohio.

This virtual visit was made possible by the Pulitzer Center, which raises awareness of underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of education and public outreach.