Rebecca Landsberry is the executive director of the Native American Journalists Association, which advocates for accurate representations of Indigenous people in media and press freedom throughout Indian Country. She is a former tribal media editor for the Muscogee Nation News and served as vice president of the Mvskoke Media Editorial Board, where she was responsible for oversight of the independent tribal agency from 2015-2018. She was a recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “Native American 40 Under 40” award in 2018.
She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma where she studied public relations and Native American studies at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Strategic Communication. She is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and is based in Los Angeles with deep ties to her tribe and home in Oklahoma.
Bryan Pollard is the associate director and former president at the Native American Journalists Association.
He recently completed a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, where he studied the value of an Indigenous free press and strategies for increasing press freedoms in Indian Country.
Bryan is currently pursuing a master’s in journalism with an emphasis on documentary filmmaking. His first film, A Shelter First, about the homelessness crisis in Northwest Arkansas was released in October 2018.
He is a board member for High Country News, a nonprofit environmental and land use newsmagazine based in Colorado, and was instrumental in the development of its Indigenous Affairs desk.
Prior to joining NAJA staff, he was the executive editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, the tribal news organization for the Cherokee Nation based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The Phoenix was the first Native American newspaper originally published in 1828.
Muscogee (Creek) citizen Sterling Cosper is Program Manager for the Native American Journalists Association, where he was formerly a board member, and has been a board member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Chapter since June 2017.
He was manager of Mvskoke Media at Muscogee (Creek) Nation and resigned in November 2018 due to the tribal government’s repeal of the original MCN free press law. He remains an advocate for tribal free press in alignment with NAJA’s values and mission.