Jodi Rave Spotted Bear is an award-winning journalist and opinion writer who’s won awards from mainstream, military, university and Native American press associations. She wrote for daily newspapers for nearly 15 years. Her first story was published more than three decades ago. Jodi reported on American Indian issues for 11 years as a national correspondent for Lee Newspapers in Missoula, Montana and Lincoln, Nebraska.
She founded White Swan Media and is now the publisher of Buffalo’s Fire, an independent digital news site. Jodi was awarded a Nieman Fellowship for journalists at Harvard University in 2003-2004.She is also the recipient of national awards and honors for news and opinion writing, including the Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest, Native American Journalists Association, Montana Newspaper Association, Columbia University School of Journalism and the University of Nebraska. She was also awarded the Paul D. Savanuck Military Print Journalist of the Year Award.
Jodi is Lakota, Mandan and Hidatsa. She lives in New Town, N.D.on the Fort Berthold Reservation with her husband and daughter.