Jodi Rave Spotted Bear

Jodi Rave Spotted Bear
JSK Community Impact Fellow
executive director, Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance
Halliday, North Dakota

Jodi Rave Spotted Bear is the executive director of the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance, a nonprofit media organization located in Twin Buttes, North Dakota. After a career in mainstream journalism, she returned to her ancestral lands on the Fort Berthold Reservation to found the alliance. The reservation in western North Dakota is home for the federally recognized Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes.

Journalism has been a lifetime calling for Jodi. She earned a journalism degree in news editing with an emphasis in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She’s the recipient of multiple journalism awards for news stories and column writing. Her work is featured in “The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity,” published by Columbia University Press.

Jodi was a Harvard Nieman Fellow, an MIT Knight Science in Journalism Project Fellow and was recently selected as a 2021 Bush Fellow for leadership.