Nikki Tundel

Nikki Tundel

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
ntundel@mpr.org

Nikki Tundel reports and produces stories for MPR News' Minnesota Mix project. She joined Minnesota Public Radio in the fall of 2002. In her previous professional incarnation, Tundel was an award-winning public television producer. Her work aired regionally, nationally, and internationally and was screened at film festivals around the world. She was selected for the PBS/CPB Producers Academy and has been honored with numerous awards including a CINE Golden Eagle, an Emmy, and a New York Festivals medal. Tundel attended film school in Italy, studied Spanish in Cuba, was a social worker in India, and picked up intestinal parasites everywhere from Turkey to South Africa. She is partial to projects that explore the complexities and comedies of everyday life.

Nikki Tundel Feature Archive

El Grito contest at Cinco de Mayo
The "El Grito" contest Saturday at St. Paul's Cinco De Mayo festival got people's attention. Competitors used their long, loud calls to express feelings of passion and pride. (05/05/2015)
Influenza Coughing
It's the destruction of art and the art of destruction, and it's all for charity. (05/05/2015)
Doll invasion
The center of a St. Paul roundabout has, overnight, been populated by dolls. (05/02/2015)
If you're not familiar with Pippi Longstocking, Sweden's most adventurous 9-year-old, the second-graders at Bancroft Elementary are happy to fill you in. (04/30/2015)
Media from around the world went after the story of a little Swedish town in Minnesota, but they got one thing wrong. (04/21/2015)
Singer and songwriter Aar Maanta, who fuses Somali music with other influences, performs Saturday in Minneapolis. He aims to produce songs that reach Somalis uprooted from their homeland. (04/10/2015)
There's just one laundromat in Spring Grove, Minn. It's equipped with 18 washers and 12 dryers. Then there are the 2,726 dolls hanging from the ceiling. (03/28/2015)
A Hindu temple in Farmington, Minn., brought together Hindus and non-Hindus alike to celebrate Holi. (03/10/2015)
Story Swap fosters conversations between the state's newest immigrants and the offspring of earlier ones. (03/03/2015)
There's Fat Tuesday. And Mardi Gras. Then there's Shrove Tuesday. In the United States, it's one of the lesser-known pre-Lent festivities. It revolves around pancakes. Lots of them. (02/18/2015)
For generations, Cupid has been a symbol of Valentine's Day. But that chubby, winged toddler brandishing a bow and arrow started out as someone much different. (02/13/2015)
Customers at Kopplin's Coffee on the western edge of St. Paul are paying higher prices that give workers a raise. But many still want to tip. (02/01/2015)
Chanida Phaengdara Potter's blog "Little Laos on the Prairie" has become a gathering spot for the Lao diaspora across the nation. Now, she's telling their stories in a new exhibit. (01/23/2015)
As a singer who is rooted in the struggle for equality, PaviElle French wants to honor her people. She also wants her audience to stand up against racism and brutality. (01/14/2015)
Minnesota celebrated the art of body modifications with tattoos, piercings and rings at the sixth annual Tattoo Arts Convention at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday. (01/11/2015)