People

  • SDPB Radio News Director

    Cara Hetland is the News Director for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. She has more than 20 years in public radio as a reporter and producer.  Cara is also host of the Friday midday program Innovation.  She loves a good story and can’t wait to...

  • In the Moment Producer

    Chris Laughery is a producer for In The Moment.  His family consists of his wife Ann and son Matt. Chris has been involved in the broadcast world for over 15 years. He is a United Stated Navy veteran and played a role in Operation Southern...

  • SDPB Morning Edition Host

    Since May of 2002, Gary Ellenbolt has been bringing South Dakotans the news of a new day on SDPB's Morning Edition.  Imagine the guy in the local coffee shop who knows everything, can't wait to tell everyone, and throws in a clever phrase now...

  • Host of The Potluck Society / In The Moment Contributor

    A native of Milbank, SD, Hugh Weber is host and creator of The Potluck Society, a podcast that celebrates ordinary people who are building an extraordinary community and connects...

  • SDPB Freelance Reporter/Producer

    Jim Kent is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. A freelance writer and radio journalist who currently lives in Hot Springs, South Dakota.  Jim can be heard on a variety of radio programs including National Public Radio, South Dakota Public Radio,...

  • SDPB Jazz Nightly Host

    Karl was born to northeastern South Dakota crouton farmers, but was orphaned as a toddler during the Great Salad War (1966-67). Rescued by a flock of chickadees, he grew up in the woodlands of Sica Hollow. Legends of a bird boy living in the...

  • SDPB News Reporter

    Kealey Bultena grew up in South Dakota, where her grandparents took advantage of the state’s agriculture at nap time, tricking her into car rides to “go see cows.” Rarely did she stay awake long enough to see the livestock, but now she writes...

  • Director Digital
  • Reporter

    Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

  • In the Moment Host

    South Dakota Public Broadcasting is pleased to announce Lori Walsh is the new host for Dakota Midday, SDPB Radio’s live news and issues program which broadcasts weekdays from Noon-1pm (11am-Noon MT).

    Walsh...

  • SDPB Digital Content Development Specialist

    Nate Wek is currently a Digital Content Development Specialist with South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism Broadcasting. From 2010-2013 Nate was the...

  • SDPB Radio Program Director

    Susan Hanson has been the Radio Program Director at SDPB since 2007. Hanson started her career with SDPB Radio in 1999 as a part-time student producer in the newsroom. In the intervening years she’s been the Arts Advocate, a semi-regular...

  • SDPB Freelance Reporter/Producer

    Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She has in the past been a newspaper reporter, and she spent about 14 years advocating for crime victims in Rapid City and Aberdeen. Vicky is also a...