Louella Nahsonhoya, Director/Managing Editor
Medina Lomatska, Office Manager
Dr. Angela Gonzales
A fond farewell to Louella Nahsonhoya, Managing Editor of The Tutuveni
Whether or not you agree with the saying that “all good things must come to an end,” you will be saddened to learn that this is the final issue of The Tutuveni produced by our Managing Editor, Louella Nahsonhoya. After six years overseeing the twice monthly publication of the newspaper, Louella is stepping down from the position as Managing Editor. The Editorial Board extends to her our heartfelt thanks of appreciation for many years of service, despite knowing that she leaves behind some pretty big shoes that we will need to fill.
Louella’s work at The Tutuveni began in 2012 when she was hired as the Marketing Manager, a position she held until she was promoted to Managing Editor in 2015. However, her work on behalf of the newspaper began even earlier when, as a staff assistant for then Tribal Chairman Leroy Shingoitewa, she helped lobby Tribal Council to reinstate funding for the paper following a four-year hiatus when The Tutuveni had ceased operations.
Getting the newspaper back into production was not an easy task, but Louella was passionate about the importance of The Tutuveni in keeping the Hopi community informed about relevant tribal, state and national issues and news. If you were to take a peek behind the scenes of The Tutuveni’s bi-weekly production process, you would find Louella busily writing articles, copyediting and proofreading last minute submissions, reaching out to Tribal programs and local organizations to ensure that their press-releases adhered to journalistic standards, checking resolution and proper attribution of images, and working with advertisers to spell-check, size and format their ads prior to placement in the paper. Under constant pressure to meet production deadlines, Louella worked nights and weekends behind the scene to ensure the bi-monthly newspaper was available to readers every first and third Tuesday of the month.
Throughout her tenure as Managing Editor, Louella led The Tutuveni with an abiding commitment to providing the Hopi community with a source for honest and reliable news. She believed in freedom of the press and the need to publish news without governmental restriction. She also believed in the right of community members to voice their opinion and encouraged the submission of “letters to the editor” as a venue for readers to share opinions and raise awareness about issues affecting the Hopi community.
In this final issue of The Tutuveni produced by Louella, the Editorial Board wants to publically express our gratitude and appreciation for her dedication and service. We will miss Louella’s friendship, guidance, and good humor, but we take inspiration from her dedication and will work hard to honor Louella’s legacy by continuing to produce a newspaper the Hopi community can count on for reliable and relevant news and information.
As we begin the search for a new Managing Editor, the Tutuveni office will remain open during normal business hours. For help with subscriptions and advertisement, please contact Medina Lomatska at (928) 734-3282. Submission of press releases, news articles and letters to the editor should be sent by email to [email protected]. Questions for the Editorial Board can also be sent to this email address.
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Dr. Angela Gonzales
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