Harlan McKosato is the Director of NDN Productions Inc., an independent multimedia company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Its mission is to report on and raise awareness of Native American issues through the media – radio, TV, film, print and online new media.
McKosato is the former host of Native America Calling, the nation’s only talk radio show dedicated to Native American views and perspectives. He began as an associate producer in 1995 before taking over as host/producer in 1997 until 2012. The show began with 12 affiliates, but by the time he left it was heard on more than 50 stations across the U.S. and also streamed live on the Internet.
McKosato was a columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper from 1999-2015, writing about a wide array of topics and issues from a Native American perspective.
He’s currently a contributor to Indian Country Media Network, Native Peoples magazine, the Gathering of Nations, and he served on the screening committee for the Grammy’s “Best Native American Album” category for several years.
He served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the Institute of American Indian Arts in the spring of 2006 teaching two courses – “Writing for Broadcast” and “Radio Production.”
In 2005 McKosato was recognized by his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, as a “Distinguished Alumnus of the Gaylord College of Journalism.” He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Mass Communications (Radio/TV/Film) from OU in 1988.
In 2005 he appeared in his first movie role in a short film titled Sympathy for the Devil. He also appeared in the 2004 PBS documentary Looking Towards Home. In 2003 he served as head of the “McKosato Family” on three episodes of the TV game show Family Feud. In 2002, he was appointed as Chairman of the Albuquerque Mayor’s Commission on Indian Affairs.
In 2012 he served a term as the Honorary Chair for the New Mexico Read Across America program.
Harlan is a citizen of both the United States and the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma.
McKosato’s most noted work with ICMN is as follows: