Tony Tekaroniake Evans
Tony Tekaroniake Evans is an award-winning writer based in Ketchum, Idaho, where he works as a reporter and columnist for the “Idaho Mountain Express.” A seasoned correspondent, he has interviewed politicians, environmentalists, film stars, scientists, artists, soldiers and authors, including Robert Thurman, Larry Echohawk, Robert Kennedy Jr., Bruce Dern, Sanjay Gupta, Peter Matthiesen, Coleman Barks and George Schaller, as well as hundreds of local heroes in the Wood River Valley. For “Teaching Native Pride,” he spent two years interviewing former participants in the University of Idaho’s Upward Bound program.
Evans has won 45 Idaho Press Club awards, including 12 first place awards with top prizes for his columns, “Valley People” and “Endless Conversation.” In addition to his regular newspaper and magazine work, which now comprises over 3,000 articles, he has worked on film documentaries in The Kingdom of Tonga, at the Mohawk Reserve of Kahnawake, and for a BBC documentary about Taliban captive Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a story he covered for five years. Evans has also contributed stories to the “Taos News,” “Santa Fe New Mexican,” “Environmental News Network,” “Mountain Gazette,” “Sun Valley Magazine,” “Wood River Journal,” “Boise Weekly,” “Sun Valley Art Magazine,” “Idaho Arts Quarterly,” and more. He has also contributed live TV and radio interviews for the BBC Sunday edition and Boise State Public Radio.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Georgia, Evans is an enrolled member of the Kahnawake Mohawks of Quebec and has lived in Idaho’s Sun Valley region for thirty years. He earned a distributed studies B.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology, Biology and Geography at the University of Colorado, and has been awarded numerous continuing education scholarships, including the 1996 Expatriate Scholarship to Charles University’s Summer Writing Workshop in Prague, Czech Republic.
Evans is currently working as a freelance book editor and producing online Native American Travel Tours. He is the author of “A History of Indians in the Sun Valley Area” (2017), which was adopted into the Blaine County, Idaho school district curriculum. He been leading Creative Writing workshops in the Wood River Valley since 2004.
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