Tristan Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Before becoming a reporter, Tristan held a number of exciting jobs, such as door-to-door salesman, delivery driver, telemarketer, secretary, janitor, busboy, and office clerk to name a few.
In 2006, Tristan graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a bachelors degree in Creative Writing. In 2008, he received a masters degree in broadcast journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism.
After graduating with a masters in journalism Tristan was awarded a fellowship by the National Minority Consortia to do election coverage in Indian Country for The Online Newshour with Jim Lehrer. In his spare time, he freelanced National Native News and Frontline.
When the recession hit it’s peak, Tristan took an involuntary break from journalism and moved to Hong Kong to teach English for a year. Some of his adventures were chronicled here.
Currently, Tristan works as a host and reporter for Wyoming Public Radio in Laramie, Wyoming.