Award-winning reporter Brian Bull captivated students and community members in the Bowen Thompson Student Union in November. Bull is a public radio reporter and producer with Cleveland’s ideastream® public media company.
He talked about covering Native American issues, and described his commitment to teaching others about Native American culture. Bull is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe. He described how important it is to earn the trust and respect of people who are different from you so that you can accurately report about their concerns. Bull appreciates the integrity and balance of public radio and its kinship with the oral tradition so important in the Nez Perce culture.
His stories about the Hmong community helped Wisconsin Public Radio win its first UNITY award from The Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). He also spoke to introductory, reporting, and feature writing students in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations.
His work on public radio has been honored with awards from the Associated Press, the Milwaukee Press Club and the Native American Journalists Association. RTDNA has honored Bull with multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. His stories have aired on “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “The World,” “Marketplace,” and “National Native News.”