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.”

Governor Dennis Daugaard sits down with Dakota Midday Host Lori Walsh to discuss  education, criminal justice reform, transparency and accountability in state government and business, and a potential state park in Spearfish Canyon. 

SDPB's Kealey Bultena digs in to the details of education reform, breaking down the numbers for Governor Dennis Duagaard's proposed teacher salary increase and highlighting reaction from lawmakers and educators. She also lets teachers and parents know what to expect going forward and how to be a part of the lawmaking process.

Dana Ferguson (Sioux Falls Argus Leader) and Seth Tupper (Rapid City Journal) discuss the competing rights and issues of the Patriot Act, reactions to Governor Daugaard's State of the State address, and what to watch for in the 2016 South Dakota legislative session. (Includes Charles Michael Ray's interview with South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds.)

In a partnership with the Republic of Korea, South Dakota honors Korean War veterans with an "Ambassador for Peace" medal in a ceremony at the Capitol.

Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh sits down with Korean War vet Seb Axtmann, as well as representatives from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and the Republic of Korea to discuss the partnership between the two countries and what the American military presence and partnership means for Koreans.

As the 2016 South Dakota Legislative session gets underway, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs sits down with Dakota Midday to discuss upcoming ballot initiatives, the spike in concealed weapons permits, and her goals for the 2016 session.

Composer Marcel Tyberg was killed in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. The South Dakota Chorale will perform two lost Masses by Tyberg, the first time they have been stage since Marcel played them himself.

SD Chorale Artistic Director Brian Schmidt shares Tyberg's story and discusses the composer, his legacy, and the concert he played for friends, just days before the Gestapo captured him in a night raid.

The National Music Museum in Vermillion kicks off its 2016 Live! series this week. T. Wilson King will play four guitars from the museum's collection. The guitarist and Arian Sheets, curator of the museum's stringed instruments, discuss the nature of improvisation, expansion efforts at the museum, and how live music plays to the overall mission of art and history.

The summer of 1927 brought President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge to the Black Hills of South Dakota for a stay that extended throughout the summer.

From Grace Coolidge's walk in the woods that led her astray to President Coolidge's announcement that he would not seek reelection, Gary Enright, Director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum, details the highlights of the "Summer White House" in South Dakota.

Joe Tye, author of "All Hands on Deck: 8 Essential Lessons for Building a Culture of Ownership" shares insight into how business leaders can encourage employees to take ownership of their own work and how to replace the attitude of "not my job" with the spirit of "how can I help?"

EmBe's Erin Bosch discusses how women mentor and encourage other women in business and in personal development.

The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center continues its Big Read celebration of "The Maltese Falcon" with a live performance by Tomáš Kubínek.

Kubínek talks with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about the influence of artists such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the connection between artist and audience, and his evolving relationship with trust as he endeavors to "master the impossible."



A very special Christmas gift was given to the Hisotric Homestake Opera House. Fundraising efforts spanning two years have secured the purchase of a Yamaha CX Series 7-foot grand piano that will be installed this week.

Executive Director Sarah Carlson explains the nuances of purchasing an instrument worth tens of thousands of dollars and what it means for arts lovers throughout the region.

The Dakota Political Junkies discuss this week's South Dakota headlines. Denise Ross is an editor with Black Hills Knowledge Network/South Dakota Dashboard. Roger Whittle is managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Today's conversation highlights the impact of President Obama's executive order to expand background checks on gun purchases.

Ross and Whittle also weigh in on the continuing Keystone XL Pipeline debate, what voters have to say on the subject of a wheel tax in Pennington County, and why Democrats are suffering in South Dakota.

The JAS Quintet plays the challenging music of Theolonious Monk, live from the studios at the University of Sioux Falls. It's a preview of their upcoming show, Straight No Chaser.  They discuss the music and legacy of Monk as well as the nature of creativity and collaboration in jazz. 

Human Trafficking is fast becoming a familiar topic in South Dakota. Captain Corey Brubakken (Pennington County Sheriff's Office) outlines what to look for and how to report suspected trafficking in your community. 

The South Dakota West River Human Trafficking Task Force invites the public to a screening of the Shared Hope International documentary "Chosen." It's the true story of girls whose lives were transformed after tumbling into the modern slave trade.

The Maltese Falcon lands in Spearfish this weekend as a community gathers to read Dashiell Hammett's classic novel of intrigue. Jayne Rose, with the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center discusses the Spearfish Big Read celebration. From scavenger hunts to origami falcons, readers brave winter in South Dakota by embracing the arts.

In the winter of 1916, Allied engineers devised a massive surprise attack ... 600 tons of explosives hidden in secret tunnels driven under German lines.  A new NOVA documentary takes you inside the trenches and tunnels of World War I.

NOVA executive producer Chris Schmidt sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about the technological arms race spurred by stalemate on the Western Front.

"Secret Tunnel Warfare" premiers Wednesday, January 6 on SDPB-TV.

Photographers with Through the Lens, a worshipping community that practices Visio Divina, explain the art of "Sacred Seeing."

Cathy Newcomb expounds on the nuances of contemplative photography and Dan Mueller discusses how artists can connect "horizontally and vertically" with one another and with God.

You've seen the signs, now hear the story. On Images of the Past, Wayne Panenen shares the "storybook business model" of Wall Drug and how a family enduring the Great Depression created a legacy of free ice-water, ubiquitous advertising, and South Dakota hospitality.

First Day Hikes originated more than 25 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation – a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. Last year, more than 41,000 people covered over 79,000 miles on 997 hikes across the country.

Outdoor Campus staffers Thea Miller Ryan and Chad Tussing share tips winter hiking in South Dakota - what to look for, where to go, and how to turn the bleak days of January into an outdoor adventure.

Pierre native and central South Dakota resident Joe Riis has been on more than 30 international photo excursions, but South Dakota is still where he calls home. Riis has been named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for 2016 for his collaborative work documenting elk Migration in Greater Yellowstone.

With 116 years of unbroken data, the annual Christmas Season Bird Count continues nationwide. Professor K.C. Jensen and volunteer birder Michael Melius share what it's like to count birds in the middle of a South Dakota winter. From climate change to invasive species to the misplaced Great Kiskadee, the state of migratory birds tells scientist more about the natural world than might be expected.

The city of Sioux Falls has joined the "compassion movement" by signing the international Charter of Compassion. Assistant City Attorney Colleen Moran discusses the incentives behind the initiative and the difference between tolerance and acceptance.

Julie Briggs discusses her new role as Human Rights Coordinator for the City of Sioux Falls. From breaking down barriers of unfamiliarity to workforce readiness initiatives, Briggs outlines what her city looks like today, as well as her vision for a more compassionate Sioux Falls of the future.

Launched in February, 2015, Rapid City Community Conversations is a volunteer organization devoted to encouraging cross-cultural dialog to address racial tensions and create communities of equality and peace.

Community organizer Chas Jewett joins Midday to discuss the challenges of "institutional racism" and how conversation might be more powerful than protesting in enacting lasting change.

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Jennifer Boomgaarden explains expansion of the Music as Medicine program, a partnership with Avera Health and South Dakota Community Foundation. Highlights include a new "memoir" pilot program, how grant money and individual donations fuel the orchestra, and plans to travel Music as Medicine beyond the Sioux Falls region.

Rebecca Cruse discusses the role of the South Dakota Arts Council ... how artists can apply for  grants, how grant money infuses the state with quality arts programming, and what state residents might not know about the Arts Council.

Seven humanities-oriented projects in South Dakota are receiving $33,482 in grants from the South Dakota Humanities Council. Executive Director Sherry DeBoer discusses the impact of SDHC's grants. Highlights include SDSU's Agricultural Heritage Museum's program for female Native American farmers and a look ahead to the 2016 Pulitzer Prize centennial. 

South Dakota Community Foundation recently announced more than $128,000 in Community Innovation Grants. President Stephanie Judson explains SDCF's partnership with the Bush Foundation and how her organization supports creative problem solving in communities throughout the state.

The Midday Book Nerds convene to discuss the top reads of 2015. Independent booksellers Peggy Stout (Prairie Pages, Pierre) and Jeff Danz (Zandbroz Variety, Sioux Falls) talk up the biggest local releases, the book club hits of the year, and the surprising trend of adult coloring books.