Bryan Pollard is a JSK Journalism Fellow. When selected as a fellow he was the director of programs and strategic partnerships and former president of the Native American Journalists Association. He is completing a master’s in journalism with an emphasis on documentary filmmaking at the University of Arkansas.
His first film, “A Shelter First,” about the homelessness crisis in Northwest Arkansas was released in October 2018. He is a board member for High Country News, a nonprofit environmental and land use newsmagazine based in Colorado, and he is a member of the Leadership Team for the Journalism Mentorship Collaborative sponsored by the Online News Association.
Previously, he was the executive editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, the tribal news organization for the Cherokee Nation based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He is the founder of Street Roots, a nonprofit newspaper focused on issues concerning the homeless and low-income citizens of Portland, Oregon.
He is a certified high school journalism teacher and has served as a mentor for numerous journalism workshops, including the Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists Working Press, the UNITY News, the NAJA Student Projects and Project Phoenix.