Lori Walsh

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 most recently worked as a freelance journalist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and as a Humanities Scholar for the South Dakota Humanities Council, leading veteran writing groups. A graduate of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School and Augustana University’s journalism program, Walsh is a writer, blogger, photographer, poet, and member of the National Book Critics Circle and Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Walsh also served in the United States Marine Corps for six years, working as a cryptologic Korean linguist.

“It’s a huge responsibility to take the helm of Dakota Midday. It’s so well-established, successful, trusted,” says Walsh. “It’s a great comfort to come into something and know I don’t have to re-invent anything. On the other hand, I can look to the future and say, ‘where is this going next?’ It’s exciting to say it can continue to get better, to grow. The conversation can continue. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’m a listener and now I’m a host.”

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Craig Stevens, spokesman for the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now, or the MAIN Coalition, updates Dakota Midday on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Marc Lynch, author of The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East, presented "Making Sense of the New Arab Wars" during the SD Festival of Books. Lynch's narrative of a vital region's collapse is both wildly dramatic, and shows that the regions upheavals have only just begun. Lynch visited with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh before his Festival of Books appearance in Brookings.

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Lynette Two Bulls is a 2016 First People's Fund Community Spirit Award winner alongside Phillip Whiteman Junior. Two Bulls is a traditional storyteller, performing artist and culture bearer. She joined Dakota Midday along with First People's Fund President Lori Pourier.

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Steve Hildebrand, owner of Josiah's Coffee Shop in downtown Sioux Falls, has paired up with Steve Hickey to gather signatures for Initiated Measure 21 which caps payday lending rates in South Dakota at 36%. Hildebrand is a Democrat who worked on President Obama's campaign. Hickey is a Republican.

From Amendment U to Initiated Measure 21, Hildebrand discussed his thoughts on controlling the payday lending industry and deception in the ballot questions during his visit on Dakota Midday.

Black Hills Knowledge Network

After decades of covering the biggest news stories in South Dakota, journalists Terry Woster and Kevin Woster shared never-before-told stories about witnessing history from a front-row seat. They'll also provided insights on the waves of change affecting journalism and its essential role in American democracy. Regional reporter and political junkie Denise Ross moderated their conversation Friday night at the Journey Museum in Rapid City.

Dakota Midday: "Kingdom Of Shadows"

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"Kingdom of Shadows" takes an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war. Written and directed by Bernardo Ruiz, "Kingdom of Shadows" weaves together the stories of a U.S. drug enforcement agent on the border, an activist nun in Monterrey, and a former Texas smuggler. Ruiz, the founder of Quiet Pictures, joined Dakota Midday to provide some background  on "Kingdom of Shadows," which airs Monday night at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV. The film was described as "unforgettable" by the New York Times.

FRONTLINE first examined the story of for-profit colleges in 2010, investigating allegations of fraud and predatory behavior. Now correspondent Martin Smith continues his work with by turning the lens on Corinthian Colleges and others.

Smith joins Dakota Midday to discuss "A Subprime Education."

Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer,  joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss Theodore Roosevelt's connection to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

From his love for wild places to the story of South Dakota cowboys running awry of the Secret Service, Gary Enright tells the story. Find the photos at Images of the Past.

Denny Kaemingk, SD Secretary of the Department of Corrections, joins Dakota Midday to discuss the spike in numbers of female inmates in South Dakota, the challenges it brings, and the opportunities for alternate approaches to women and crime in the state.

Retired businessman Joe Kirby joins Dakota Midday as part of SDPB's continued 2016 Election coverage.

Kirby discusses his support of Amendment V, an effort to establish nonpartisan elections.

Angela Drake speaks this weekend at Women Ignited by Faith's HOPE in Sioux Falls. Today she joins Dakota Midday to talk about the life and loss of her daughter, Brittany.

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The 2016 Ballot Questions are more than ballot clutter; they are compelling social and political conversations that give voters a voice on a variety of issues.

SDPB's political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday to explain what your ballot will look like in November, highlighting various referred laws and Constitutional Amendments.

Each Wednesday, Dakota Midday welcomes a rotating panel of the most experienced political journalists in the state. This week Denise Ross (editor, Black Hills Knowledge Network, South Dakota Dashboard) and Jonathan Ellis (Argus Leader Media journalist/columnist) join host Lori Walsh to discuss Initiated Measure 21 and Constitutional Amendment U. Both are 2016 ballot questions.

We also discuss failures in transparency for campaign spending and the challenges of early voting.

Darrel Nelson opens Season 3 of Images of the Past with a look the importance of transportation development in the Deadwood area.

The Days of ’76 Museum has re-vamped and is re-presenting its big exhibit of historical carriages. A grand opening for the exhibit is scheduled for Saturday, September 10.

USD alum Paul Glader returns to Vermillion for a lecture on the the power of great groups. He joins Dakota Midday for a preview. They discuss the synergy of Silicon Valley, how other nations endeavor to emulate American collaboration, and the inspiration of USD luminary Doc Farber.

On December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook elementary school teacher Kaitlin Roig began her morning by encouraging first graders to get excited for the day.

Moments later she was stuffing her students into a tiny bathroom, sheltering them while a gunman outside her classroom opened fire. She and her students lived to endure the aftermath of violence, but 20 other students and six teachers did not.

Travis Kiefer is the founder of a new makerspace in Aberdeen called CREATE. Kiefer is a South Dakota kid who went on to the Ivy League and Silicon Valley, returned home to invest in the city of Aberdeen and in future ideas and innovations, and imagined a stronger connection between technology and elder care. 

He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh for a conversation about makerspaces, ingenuity, and the promise of waking up to the tune of birdsong instead of car horns.

Representative Shawn Bordeaux joins Dakota Midday to discuss the the naming of Black Elk Peak, and how we can get beyond conversations about race and on to conversations about making lives better in South Dakota.

Lee Schoenbeck was a representative in the state legislature during the 2015-16 session. He joins Dakota Midday to discuss the contentious conversations surrounding the naming of Black Elk Peak.

In August, 2016, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names voted to change the name of South Dakota's highest peak from Harney to Black Elk. The conversation about Harney peak, however, began long before.

Dakota Political Junkies Kevin Woster and Roger Whittle dig in to the 2016 ballot questions with an overview of  Constitutional Amendment R (relating to the authority of the Board of Regents.) Kevin Woster provides insight and comparisons regarding protests over oil pipelines in contrast to turnout for life and death issues in Pine Ridge. We conclude with a remembrance of SD Rep. Dan Dryden of Rapid City.

Roger Whittle is managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Kevin Woster is with KELO TV's Rapid City Bureau. 

Elizabeth "Betty" Meyer served as a key leader during South Dakota's revolution in access to breast cancer screenings and breast health care. She is part of the 2016 class of inductees into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

Meyer joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about her career, how an introvert becomes a leader, and how an army of women changed the landscape of healthcare in South Dakota.

Amy Sisk is a broadcast journalist, working for Inside Energy Now and Prairie Public Radio. She joins Dakota Midday with an update on the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Joy Nelson is the founder of Joy Ranch, a real estate developer, a community leader, and a 2016 inductee into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

She joins Dakota Midday to discuss the spiritual connection between horses and humans, her advice for effective selling, and her thoughts on both failure and excellence.

Poet Lindy Obach joins Dakota Midday to discuss her new collection, "North of Zenith." Obach reads excerpts, considers the value of collaboration with the Dakota Women Poets, and offers advice to would-be writers about the value of knowing you have worth.

Biologist and USD Associate Professor Jake Kerby, Ph.D.,  joins Dakota Midday to discuss a multi-year research project that indicates reduced plant and animal diversity in wetlands that collect water runoff from agricultural land.

Jake Kerby and Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh discuss the impact on the food chain, why research such as this can take years, and the potential impact of his work on policy making in the state.

We also spare a moment to talk music and Dr. Kerby's musical endeavors with The Beards.

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray sits down with author and tribal attorney Peter Capossela to discuss his new book, "The Land Along the River: The Ongoing Saga of the Sioux Land Claim."

The two discuss the Pick-Sloan Plan, the Fort Laramie Treaties, brokered deals and broken promises.

JoEllen Koerner is an author, a leader, and a South Dakota visionary. She is a 2016 inductee into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. Here she visits with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about life, story, and authentic presence.

Julie Hoffman is with East River Nursery. She joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to answer questions about gardening and growing in the Dakotas from listeners. From pollination to deadheading daisies, to prepping for autumn, if you've got a question - Julie has the answer.

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Mato Tipila (in translation) appears on all three of the earliest maps of the region as “Bear Lodge” or “Bears Lodge.” Never as “Devils Tower.”

Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh journeyed to Mato Tipila to ask the question: How do we interact with the sacred when many of us approach as visitors?

She visited the park. She stayed for sunset. She asked Craig Howe for perspective.

Here is what she discovered - about the sacred, about tourism, about ancient narratives, and about unanswered questions.

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Art and poetry go hand in hand. Artist Nancy Losacker and and poet Norma Wilson show just how to combine the two creative outlets in their joint-exhibit and new written collection "Rivers, Wings, and Sky." The South Dakota Arts Council has supported the duo since 2008, displaying their work at galleries throughout the region. Their final exhibit is on display at Augustana’s Center for Western Studies until October 22. The two join Dakota Midday to discuss their partnership, their friendship, and how inspiration is shared and expanded through collaboration.

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