Patty Talahongva

Patty Talahongva

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. As executive producer
Talahongva will be developing broadcasts for Indian Country Today -- a daily 3:30 newscast as
well as a weekly news show. She will be building from the ground up a news operation (working
in concert with the Indian Country Today digital platforms). That means hiring everything from
reporters to anchors.Talahongva is a journalist who has worked in all platforms of media: Television,
radio, newspaper, magazine and websites. She has covered everything from Native arts to education,
health, crime and politics in her 30-year career. She has interviewed such newsmakers as
Hillary Clinton, John Herrington, Notah Begay, Janet Napolitano, Richard Simmons and Phil
Collins as well as “everyday people.”
She is from Sichomovi village located on First Mesa in northeastern Arizona. Her Hopi name is
White Spider Girl and her clan is Corn. She is currently working on a documentary about Lewis
Tewanima, a Hopi man who competed in two Olympics and won the Silver Medal in the 10,000
meter race at the 1912 Olympics.
On 11-11-11 Talahongva produced a story about Hopi veterans as part of a national
documentary to tell the stories of as many veterans as possible. Every story was shot on
Veterans Day.
Talahongva is particularly proud of the documentary she directed and produced for the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the America Indian on American Indian Code Talkers in
WWII. For the documentary she interviewed 10 men from four tribes who all used their Native
language as a code to transmit secret military orders. None of the codes were ever broken. This
exhibit has become the NMAI’s most requested traveling exhibition and has been touring the
country since 2007.
“Lady Warriors,” is a documentary she co-produced which featured a girl’s cross-country team
at a high school on the border of the Hopi and Navajo reservations. The story explored the
traditional meaning of running in both cultures and how school teams introduce the idea of
competition. This program “Lady Warriors” aired on the HBO Family Channel for one year.
In addition to working behind the camera, Patty has also worked in front of the camera as a
host for a PBS program and behind the microphone hosting a live one-hour, call-in, talk radio
show.
Patty is an active volunteer on both the local and national level. She is a founding member and
a former vice president of the Hopi Education Endowment Fund. Recently she was appointed by
Byron Dorgan to sit on the Advisory Board of the Center for Native American Youth. She is also
a past president of the Native American Journalists Association and a member of Unity:
Journalists of Color. She also served as an ex-officio on the board of the Radio and Television
News Directors Association, now known as the RTDNA.
Job Title: 
Executive Producer of Indian Country Today
Tribal Affiliation: 
Hopi