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.”

Mandie Weinandt is faculty advisor for the University of South Dakota’s LGBTQ student group. She joins Dakota Midday to talk about what it means to be an “ally” during conversations regarding transgender legislation.

The governor's plan to overhaul education funding continues to be key legislation during the 2016 Session. SDPB's Kealey Bultena has been following education topics closely as the process to raise teacher salaries continues to unfold and, some fear, unravel in Pierre. Bultena joins Lori Walsh to talk about the progress of HB1182 (a bill to increase the sales tax in order to sustainably fund education), rule 5-17, which was used to delay debate of the bill this week, and HB1008, a bill that seeks to redefine bathroom use for transgender students.

Ben Jones is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of History at Dakota State University. He’s an Air Force veteran and he’s taught at the Air Force Academy. He also served as an advisor to the National Military Academy in Afghanistan. 

He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss his new book "Eisenhower's Guerillas: The Jedburghs, The Maquis, and the Liberation of France."

For more information about the book, click below:

Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Dana Ferguson is a political and watchdog reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Today we discuss the latest on education funding, transgender legislation, and what to watch for in the week ahead regarding Medicaid expansion.

Lunafest is a national showcase of short films that highlights women filmmakers and women's issues. Peg Ryan is the chair of the Lunafest Custer committee. She joins Midday to discuss the power of a short narrative and the importance of bringingg international film to Custer.

House Bill 1008 is a bill that restricts the use of bathrooms by transgender students. It would require all students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms aligned with the gender they were assigned at birth, regardless of their gender identity now. Supporters say it protects the privacy of all students. Opponents say it isolates and discriminates against transgender South Dakotans and takes control away from local decision-makers.

Technology changes every job, and with every change, comes challenges. Kelly Fuller is the Chief of Police in Deadwood. His department has been researching the use of body cameras for law enforcement officers. Chief Fuller discusses the technical specifics of the cameras and how law enforcement officers today strive for transparency, accountability, and officer safety.

Anita Kealey is the Creative Director of the Institute of Design and Technology of South Dakota. The Institute’s annual Form and Fashion Meets Function event is  Friday, February 19th at the Downtown Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls. Tickets can be purchased by calling 605-275-9728.

Dakota Midday host sits down with Walt Bogdanich, an investigative reporter at The New York Times FRONTLINE correspondent. 

FRONTLINE premieres “The Fantasy Sports Gamble,” a collaboration with the New York Times, tonight at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV and online at pbs.org/frontline. 

In 1871, the Grand Duke Alexis, the fourth son of Tsar Alexander II, was sent by his father to help build friendship with America. Gary Enright, of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer, shares the story of a young Russian nobleman taken with the charms of the American West.

Find more images and the full story on SDPB's Images of the Past page.

Oh My Cupcakes! opened in 2009 as South Dakota’s first gourmet cupcakery.  They now ship cupcakes nationwide. Melissa Johnson joins Dakota Midday to talk about Oh My Word!  It’s a luxury stationary store that offers a full schedule of workshops and, not surprisingly, cupcakes. Johnson discusses the power of the written word to encourage and inspire and how the stories of Oh My Word! customers are already becoming part of the store's business model.

The 50th Super Bowl featured more than 60 commercials that showcased celebrities, fast cars, and, of course, beer. Brandon Nutting is an assistant professor in the department of media and journalism at the University of South Dakota. He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the best (and worst) ads of the day and what they say about business, society, and a new generation of consumers.

The realities of international travel mean a mosquito-borne illness can reach the Midwest during blizzard season.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are at least 35 travel-associated Zika virus disease cases in the United States right now.  That includes a case in the state of Minnesota.  When Zika virus does cause illness, the CDC says symptoms are generally mild, but recent evidence suggests a possible association between maternal Zika virus infection and adverse fetal outcomes.

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks department is launching four weeks of workshops called Habitat University. Andy Gabbert is a resource biologist with GFP. He talks about efforts to match landowners with the right resources for providing winter cover, food plots, native grass seedlings, and more.

Matt Morlock is assistant director for the South Dakota Regional Office of Pheasants Forever. He joins Dakota Midday to talk changes to the Conservation Reserve Program and about habitat and conservation efforts that makes sense for farmers, hunters, and wildlife.

The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo draws thousands of visitors to the region. One cowboy is using his bareback bronco rides to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use. Professional rodeo cowboy Cody Kiser is exclusively sponsored by the Oral Cancer Foundation, a small, nonprofit with a simple message for rodeo fans ... Be Smart, Don't Start.

Claude Barr wanted to homestead in southwest South Dakota. “The deficiencies of the land,” he wrote “were wholly unsuspected.”

Dr. Adam Gaffey is a professor of rhetoric and philosophy at Black Hills State University. He has an academic interest in agitators … or at least how agitators have taken oratory as a form of public protest.

From Harvey Milk to Angelina Grimke, Dr. Gaffey sits down with Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about how public speaking can influence and empower.

Seth Tupper is an enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal.  Roger Whittle is managing editor at the Watertown Public Opinion. On this week's Dakota Political Junkies segment, we’ll fill in the blanks on industrial hemp, the Indian Health Services debate, and who might be gearing up for a run for governor.

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A new perspective on education funding is working its way through the State Capitol, but some say it’s an uphill battle. This year Governor Dennis Daugaard is proposing an overhaul of the way the state funds education. His plan includes a half-penny increase in the sales tax and a change in the way schools get funding. The plan requires two-thirds of the state’s lawmakers to approve a tax increase in an election year.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has issued new recommendations indicating mental maternal illness is more common than previously thought. The panel suggests all women should be screened for depression and mood disorders during and immediately after pregnancy.

Dr. Rajesh Singh, a psychiatrist with Sanford Health Psychiatry and Psychology Clinic discusses the significance of the new guidelines and the difference appropriate screening can mean for mothers, fathers, and children.

Tim Giago has a plan to purchase and develop 40 acres of land adjacent to the site of the massacre at Wounded Knee. He envisions a visitor center, a museum, and a pavilion for artists to sell their wares.

Giago sat down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to share his memories of growing up near the site, the history lessons that were not taught in school, and why now is the time to move forward with both honoring the dead and celebrating the living.

More than 200 films have featured Count Dracula of Transylvania in the title role. The cultural fascination continues when the Washington Pavilion brings a radio theater adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula to Sioux Falls.

Theater and television actor Graham Outerbridge plays Arthur Holmwood in the production. He talks about the dramatic challenges of radio theater, the precision and imagination of foley artists, and why blood-sucking garlic-eaters have stood the test of time in our collective imagination.

Reverend Specner Turnipseed grew up in the segregated American South. He was the son of a white clergyman who spoke out regarding issues of civil rights and social justice. The entire family was intimidated and harassed.

Turnipseed went on to find his own voice in the movement. He visited Sioux Falls to talk about guilt, courage, compassion, and the imprint of one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

A federal law now requires schools to offer programs to help raise awareness, lower risk, and help prevent campus sexual assault. Jason Reuter, operations manager of the Black Hills Playhouse, sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss how actors can address thorny social issues. Reuter has partnered with School of Mines & Tech, playwright Matt Stoffel, and other community and theater members to initiate a conversation about violence against women through drama.

Playwright Matthew Stoffel discusses the Monstrous Little Theatre Company, how writers tackle topics deeply emotional topic and overcome self-doubt, and the future of contemporary theater in Sioux Falls.

It was a record-breaking year for visitor spending in South Dakota. SD Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen explains the numbers, what the revenue means for the average citizen, and why, when it comes to tourism marketing, it's good to be unafraid to fail.

Secretary of South Dakota Veterans Affairs Larry Zimmerman discusses the 2016 State-Tribal focus on honoring those who served. From the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home to the Lakota Women Warriors, Zimmerman and Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh cover the topics that matter to state veterans and their families.

Click here to read the full Medal of Honor citation for Michael J. Fitzmaurice.

Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director of the Native CDFI (community development financial institutions) Network discusses economic development in Native communities. Fiddler highlights "policy barriers to asset building" among Native families as well as the challenges of collecting accurate data regarding financial insecurity.

Steve Emery, Secretary of Tribal Relations, highlights the upcoming State-Tribal Relations Day. Emery discusses opportunities for collaboration between tribal and state government, new devlopements regarding the Code Talkers Memorial, and how South Dakotans can build trust and awareness across cultures.