Mallory Black (Navajo) is the Communications Manager for the StrongHearts Native Helpline and an award-winning freelance journalist. As a writer, Mallory has specialized in covering Native American communities and their unique intersections with education, health, and the environment. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, she has reported from Chicago, San Diego and Washington, D.C. She currently resides in Austin, TX.
After earning a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she completed an internship with the news desk at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, the city’s National Public Radio affiliate. Mallory previously served as the Communication Specialist for the Division of Student Affairs at San Diego State University.
Mallory holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with emphasis in public relations and a minor degree in peace and justice studies from Utah Valley University (UVU), where she served as the News Editor of the university’s newspaper, the UVU Review. During her time at UVU, Mallory studied abroad in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to research communications, development and humanitarian response with several nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and representatives of United Nations agencies. She also served as a communications intern at the Salt Lake County Division of Youth Services.