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

Entertainment
American Indian dancers, young and old, gather for the 6th Annual Traditional Powwow at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. (04/02/2014)
UK singing sensation
In Minnesota, Lanae is best known as a stage actress. She has performed everywhere from the Chanhassen Dinner Theater to the Guthrie in Minneapolis. But in London, she's a singing sensation capturing fans with music that blends old-school and contemporary R&B, soul, jazz and funk. (03/28/2014)
The Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama observed Losar, the Tibetan New Year, in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, March 2, 2014. More than 2,500 people packed a sports center at Augsburg College to hear His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. His speech was followed by a celebration of the holiday. (03/03/2014)
Over the last 30 years, Heather Jansz launched Sri Lankan restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul and has cooked for everyone from Deepak Chopra to Black Sabbath. She may be the only chef to ever execute curry lutefisk. (02/18/2014)
Hend Al-Mansour practiced medicine in Saudi Arabia for nearly two decades, but it was still illegal for her to drive a car. Wanting freedom, she moved to Minnesota in 1997 and fulfilled her dream of becoming a full-time artist. (02/05/2014)
In St. Paul, Minn., the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater honored the New Year with a performance by 51 young dancers. They are performing "Homecoming: A Chinese New Year's Tale," which has been referred to as the Chinese version of the Nutcracker ballet. (01/29/2014)
May snow storms, tall ships, annual rituals and small towns fighting for survival all were part of the stories told with photographs from around the state this year. Here are a few of our favorites. (12/23/2013)
Soviet tree ornaments were designed to replace the traditional Christmas decorations and highlight triumphs of the USSR. (12/23/2013)
Santa Lucia Day is a Scandinavian festival that takes place on one of the darkest days of winter. It was originally created to honor St. Lucia, one of the earliest Christian martyrs. (12/19/2013)
What better way to get to know someone than over dinner, asks artist Aki Shibata, whose exhibit consists of a dinner date where where she cooks meals for strangers. (12/11/2013)
For many, it's the season of fish. For others, it's the lutefisk, to be exact. Lots and lots of lutefisk. (11/27/2013)
A report out today has named ZIP code 55101 as the top hipster market for real estate in the country. (11/21/2013)
Many misconceptions can be found of Native American spiritual practices. For America's indigenous people, late 19th century Christianity meant forced assimilation and cultural domination. And generations later, Native Americans who chose Christianity are sometimes said to have "sold out." (11/13/2013)
All Saints' Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis is a tiny church -- services average about 20 attendees - and one of just a handful of ministries in the country that unite the spiritual customs of indigenous communities with the religious traditions of Christianity. (11/13/2013)
Some people put out pumpkins for Halloween. James Broden prefers zombie babies (the plastic kind, of course). (10/31/2013)