Laura Waterman Wittstock produces and co-hosts First Person Radio with Roy Taylor. She is president and CEO of Wittstock & Associates. The firm provides consultation in select new projects in the areas of development and research. She writes an online column for Indian Country Today Media Network. Publications include We Are Still Here: A Photographic History of the American Indian Movement; Diverse Populations/Diverse Needs: Community Foundations and Diversity and Changing Communities, and ININATIG’S Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugar Making and she is currently working on a new book.
She was an elected member and president of the Minneapolis Library Board, where she worked on the development and realization of the new Central Library (2002-2009). She served as the fourth Louis W. Hill, Jr. Fellow in Philanthropy under the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs (2006). Among professional awards are the (2011) Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award: Farr Award for an exceptional contribution to public affairs; (2006) the Distinguished IEL Service Award, (Institute for Educational Leadership national award for improvement of American education; (2005) American Indian Honored Educator.