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President and CEO

Loris A. Taylor

Loris Taylor (Hopi Nation) President and CEO of Native Public Media, Inc. represents the media interests of Native America through legacy and new media technologies including radio, television, video and Internet, journalism, and public policy. She was instrumental in helping to establish the first FCC Tribal Priority for broadcasting and the new FCC Office of Native Affairs and Policy. Taylor led the team to publish the first seminal study on broadband "New Media, Technology and the Internet Use in Indian Country" and contributed to the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. In 2008, Taylor, representing the only Native organization, briefed the Obama Biden FCC Transition Team on telecommunications issues facing Native Americans. In 2010, Native Public Media in partnership with the National Congress of American Indians advanced Native interests to be included in the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan. 

Taylor was honored with a 2006 Louis T. Delgado Award and the 2005 Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award. Formerly the General Manager of KUYI-FM Radio, Taylor co-founded the UNITY Journalist of Color Award winning "Indian Country News Bureau" and produced the children’s program "Shooting Stars" and weekly talk show "House Calls" which received an award from the U. S. Indian Health Service. 

Taylor currently serves as a member on the Distribution and Interconnection Committee of the National Public Radio Board and Free Press Board of Directors, and is active on the Aspen Institute's Communications and Society Program. 

Previous positions include: Associate Director of the Hopi Foundation, executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association and Special Assistant under the Office of General Counsel for the Hopi Tribe specializing in land, water and energy matters. Taylor is also one of the founders of the Hopi Education Endowment Fund.

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