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Kyle Edwards of Native News Online named as Nieman Fellow
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Kyle Edwards, managing editor of Native News Online, an independent media outlet, has been selected as visiting fellow by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Edwards, who is Anishinaabe, is a citizen of the Ebb and Flow First Nation. He was raised on the Lake Manitoba First Nation based in Manitoba, Canada.

Edwards joined Native News Online in July. He previously worked at ProPublica and at Maclean’s, a Canadian publication where his work earned several awards.

“Kyle is a strong addition to Native News Online as we endeavor to change the narrative about Indian Country by providing fair, balanced and accurate coverage of social issues, policy matters and economic development involving tribes throughout the United States,” Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi), the founder and publisher of Native News Online, said of Edwards in a July 7 story

Edwards will be part of the 2021 Nieman Visiting Fellows at Harvard. In the coming year, he will work remotely, using resources at Nieman and Harvard University to develop a website and a podcast addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Native communities.

“This past year journalism has faced urgent challenges but also explored opportunities for change. Nieman sought individuals with ideas for using journalism to address public health and racial justice inequities,” Nieman Foundation curator Ann Marie Lipinski said in a news release on Tuesday. “These new visiting fellows seek to make real contributions to their communities and we’re excited to work with them to advance their projects.”

According to the Nieman Foundation, Edwards will examine, catalog and memorialize the loss of Natives elders, knowledge and culture during COVID-19. He will create a website devoted to sharing oral histories and interviews with families affected by the pandemic. His material will be also be used for a podcast about Native resilience.