Nikki Tundel

Nikki Tundel

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio

Nikki Tundel joined Minnesota Public Radion in 2002. She reported and produced stories for MPR News' Minnesota Mix project. 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

Influential DJ
An internationally-acclaimed DJ who mixes modern sounds with India's centuries-old bhangra rhythm will help the Ragamala Dance Company celebrate its 23rd birthday Saturday. (07/10/2015)
All-female staff
More women are getting tattoos these days. To give them an alternative to a typical tattoo shop dominated by men, Jackalope Tattoo in Minneapolis has an entirely female staff. (07/02/2015)
Needling
When it comes to tattooing, male artists outnumber females by an estimated six to one. Jackalope Tattoo, with its all-female staff, is a reaction to that. On any given day, the Minneapolis shop is a blend of combat boots and kitty cats. (07/02/2015)
Officially, Flag Day is June 14. But many Americans showcase stars and stripes year-round, often in unique ways. (06/12/2015)
Sixteen years ago, Satya Balroop started a Hindu temple in her suburban Twin Cities living room. The small but growing congregation now calls a former Lutheran church home. (06/03/2015)
After nearly 15 years of worshiping in a refurbished two-car garage, a Farmington, Minn., Hindu community is finally at home in a former Lutheran church. (06/03/2015)
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)
It's the destruction of art and the art of destruction, and it's all for charity. (05/05/2015)
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)