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

Lucky Volkenant's ever-growing doll collection
There's just one laundromat in Spring Grove, Minnesota. It's equipped with 18 washers and 12 dryers. Then there are the 2,726 dolls hanging from the ceiling. (03/28/2015)
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors
A Hindu temple in Farmington, Minn., brought together Hindus and non-Hindus alike to celebrate Holi. (03/10/2015)
Practicing English
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)
While 2014 held momentous events, it also introduced us to fascinating people across the state. (01/09/2015)
As the year draws to a close, we took a look back at some of our favorite photographs of year -- images that give us a glimpse into the people, places and events that helped shape life in Minnesota in 2014. (12/30/2014)
When he's not in his workshop or up on a rooftop, the jolly old elf shows up in shopping malls, sports bars and even a museum. (12/24/2014)
Hundreds of parishioners gathered to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 12, 2014, at the Church of the Risen Savior in Burnsville, Minnesota. The Catholic church celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with music, dancing, tamales and evening Mass. (12/17/2014)
Mohamed Barre began snapping pictures of Somali life in Minnesota so his kids could see what it was like for the first refugees. He didn't expect they would become art. (12/12/2014)
Amel Al Sammarraie and Mohammed Al Azzawi were targeted by militias in Iraq for cooperating with the United States. They were able to get U.S. visas, but their grown children were not. (12/01/2014)