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Tristan Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. He’s also German and English and a few other dashes of Euro-mix (just to make things more interesting). Before becoming a reporter, Tristan held a number of exciting jobs, such as door-to-door salesman, delivery driver, telemarketer, air-conditioning repairman, secretary, janitor, busboy, and office clerk to name a few.
In 2006, Tristan graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. In 2008, he received a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism. After graduating with a masters in journalism Tristan worked with The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, National Native News, Frontline and NPR. Then the recession came and he moved to Hong Kong to teach English for a year, returned to New Mexico to teach a journalism course, and finally arrived at Wyoming Public Radio in August of 2010.
In his spare time, Tristan enjoys watching films, exotic travel, good food and strong drink - but dislikes going to bed, getting up, or being left alone, as he tends to get in trouble.
Erin O’Doherty came to Laramie in 1991 to work as a research scientist studying wildlife-habitat relationships in the southeast Wyoming. She immediately became a member of Wyoming Public Radio and a fan of the Morning Music show. When her research lab closed, she jumped at the opportunity to apply her database skills to an organization she treasures. She spends most of her spare time volunteering, tap-dancing, cross-country skiing or rafting. She works for Wyoming Public Media as the Development Analyst which means she takes care of the membership database and creates reports for management decisions.
Grady has taken a circuitous route from his hometown of Kansas City to Wyoming. Sometime after the London Bridge had fallen down, he moved to Arizona and attended Arizona State University and actually graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. (“He’s a Lumberjack and he’s OK……..!”) He began his radio career in Prescott in 1982 and eventually returned to Kansas City where he continued in radio through the summer of 1991. Public Radio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky beckoned him to the bluegrass state where he worked as Operations/Program Manager at WKMS in Murray and WNKU in Highland Heights just across the Ohio from Cincinnati. After 16 great years in Kentucky, Grady & Cheryl packed the family (2 kids, 2 cats and a dog) and headed for Wyoming in the middle of winter to pursue a dream job as Music Director for Wyoming Public Media. He hosts Morning Music from 9am-12pm weekdays. Besides radio, Grady has worked in construction and likes to play outdoors. (camp, fish, bike, hike, ski, golf). He loves music, of course, travelling, stargazing, reading and American history.
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Sarah Brown Mathews currently serves Wyoming Public Media as the Major Gifts Manager. In this position she is primarily responsible for stewardship of WPM’s Leadership Circle level donors and the gifts they make to support our programming, operations and special initiatives. Prior to joining the team at Wyoming Public Radio, Sarah has worked in Wyoming’s philanthropic communities as Development Director for the Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust and as Development Director for the UW College of Education and UW Foundation. Other profession experience includes serving as Executive Director for Loveland Habitat for Humanity in Loveland Colorado, as Marketing Director; Planned Giving for the University of Colorado Foundation, and in education and public program development for the Denver Children’s Museum and the San Diego Natural History Museum.
A Wyoming native, Sarah is a graduate of the Leadership Wyoming program and currently serves the Laramie community as a board member for Albany County Habitat for Humanity. She holds a BA in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Natural Science and Education from UW. She has two grown sons with whom she loves to ride roller coasters, ski and spend time with at her family cabin. Her best friend is her chocolate lab, Charlie Brown.