Mark Trahant
Published September 5, 2014
Updated January 27, 2022

Mark Trahant is an editor at large at Indian Country Today, an online news outlet, and has decades of experience in journalism, editing and reporting with a focus on Native American issues. He’s a former president of the Native American Journalists Association, and he taught journalism at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and the University of North Dakota.

He has also been the chairman of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, a columnist for The Seattle Times, an editor and publisher at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, an executive news editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, and a reporter at the Arizona Republic. He was a Kaiser Media Fellow in 2009 and 2010, writing about health care reform focused on existing programs such as the Indian Health Service.

His work appeared on the PBS series Frontline, in a story called “The Silence,” about sexual abuse by clergy in Alaska.

Trahant is a citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Expertise: Native American and Alaska Native news and policy, health policy, Affordable Care Act in Indian Country, journalism

Location: Phoenix, Ariz.


Twitter: @TrahantReports

Heard on NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Do Border Fences Curb Illegal Crossings?


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