The Native American Journalists Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Duncan McCue to a vacant board position on March 3.
McCue is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario, Canada. A journalist at CBC News for over 20 years, he is currently away from hosting CBC Radio One’s Cross Country Checkup to work on a podcast about Canada’s Indian residential schools.
He is also a journalist-in-residence at X (Ryerson) University. While a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University in 2011, he created Reporting in Indigenous Communities, an online educational guide.
“The board is very pleased to welcome Duncan as so many of us look to him as a role model in our industry.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with him as we look forward to having our conference in Winnipeg in 2023. His contributions will be greatly appreciated,” NAJA President Francine Compton said.
The board position opened after Tripp Crouse, who served as secretary, stepped down on Jan. 28. Crouse was elected to the board on Sept. 26, 2019 for a three year term.
They were instrumental in updating the NAJA membership policy and an incredible leader for our governance committee. Crouse continues to be a strong leader in Indigenous journalism. The NAJA board of directors thanks them for their important work and the extraordinary leadership they provided.
“Ahéhee’ Tripp for all your hardwork and for just being a ray of sunshine,” NAJA Secretary Pauly Denetclaw said. “It was such an amazing experience to work alongside you and learn from you.”
During the Feb. 3 NAJA board meeting, Denetclaw was unanimously elected to serve as secretary.
The Native American Journalists Association serves more than 1,00 members, including media professionals working in tribal, freelance, independent and mainstream news outlets, as well as academia and students covering Indigenous communities and representing tribal nations from across North America.