Tristan Ahtone

Tristan Ahtone is an award-winning journalist and member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.

Before becoming a reporter, Tristan held a number of exciting jobs, such as door-to-door salesman, delivery driver, telemarketer, secretary, janitor, busboy, and office clerk to name a few.

In 2006, Tristan graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a bachelors degree in Creative Writing. In 2008, he received a masters degree in broadcast journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism.

Since 2008, Tristan has specialized in covering Native American, environmental and healthcare issues, and has worked with The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, National Native News, Frontline, Indian Country Today, Sirius Satellite Radio and NPR.

Before moving to Albuquerque, Tristan worked as Morning Edition Host and Reporter for Wyoming Public Radio and currently serves as Poverty and Public Health Reporter for KUNM and the Fronteras Desk.

Health Care
4:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Mentally Ill Patients In New Mexico Scrambling To Find Help

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 7:38 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now to New Mexico, where 30,000 mental patients have had their care thrown into disarray. This summer, the state froze Medicaid payments to several agencies. The reason: allegations of fraud. Now, that's left patients who suffer from PTSD, schizophrenia, and other severe disorders scrambling to find the help they need.

From member station KUNM in Albuquerque, Tristan Ahtone reports.

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