Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant is editor of Indian Country Today.Trahant, a citizen of ShoshoneBannock,
was appointed to lead Indian Country Today as a digital enterprise on March 1, 2018.
“Even though ink has been replaced by pixels, the task remains the same – to publish an
informative daily account that’s comprehensive and adds context to the stories missing from the
mainstream media,” Trahant said. “We have so many stories to tell. Our mission is simple but
important: Solid, factual reporting. Great writing. Photography that inspires and records.
Provide a real service to readers across Indian Country’s digital landscape.”
Trahant was recently elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He has been a professor at the University of North Dakota, the University of Alaska Anchorage,
the University of Idaho and the University of Colorado.
He is known for his election reporting in Indian Country, developing the first comprehensive
database of American Indians and Alaska Natives running for office. His research has been
cited in publications ranging from The New York Times to The Economist. (And most recently,
Teen Vogue.)
The election of 2018 was an extraordinary event and Trahant launched a journalism initiative as
a response: The first ever live coverage of election night by more than 40 Native media
professionals. Six hours of television programming was produced at the FNX studios in
California and viewers were able to get reports about the dozens of Native candidates running
for office, including the election of the first ever Native women to Congress and to a statewide
office, Lt. Gov. of Minnesota.
Trahant is also the host and producer of Wassaja on FNX network. The 30minute
magazine examines issues in Indian Country.
Trahant has been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. His most recent Frontline piece, “The
Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in a Alaska Native village. He was the editorial
page editor of the Seattle PostIntelligencer and has worked for The Arizona Republic, Salt Lake
Tribune, The Seattle Times, the Navajo Times Today, and the ShoBan News.
Job Title: 
Editor of Indian Country Today
Tribal Affiliation: 
Shoshone-Bannock
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