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

Hosing off the potatoes
From Hopkins' Raspberry Festival to Barnesville's Potato Days, countless community events revolve around produce. But what's the appeal? (09/02/2014)
Hoda Badawi is an American of Egyptian descent.
A new exhibit at the Walker Art Center traces the history of Minnesota's Muslim community from 1880 until the present. (08/01/2014)
Bringing something to carry the agates
The Annual Agate Days Stampede took place in Moose Lake, Minn., on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Trucks layered Moose Lake's main street with 400 pounds of agates, which were mixed in with 2,000 quarters and four tons of rock. An estimated 3,500 people practically dived over one another to try to find as many agates as they could. (07/21/2014)
For his latest work, Duluth-born Wing Young Huie focuses his camera on his own background in a series called "Chinese-ness" -- an exploration of Chinese identity, one that for him has long been distant. (07/09/2014)
The Turnblad Mansion -- from its kitchen to bathroom to stairwells -- is the set for the world premiere dance-theater piece KOM HIT! (Swedish for "Come here!"). (07/07/2014)
The annual Rhubarb Festival in Lanesboro marks the start of our weekly photo gallery of Minnesota festivals. Whether you want a rhubarb fashion show, rhubarb soups and beverages, or even rhubarb facials, Lanesboro was the place to be on Saturday. (06/09/2014)
Many Somalis in Minnesota came to the state to flee a civil war fueled by tribalism. Now, some in the community are fighting against this discrimination against Somalis from different tribes through discourse, music, poetry and dance. (06/05/2014)
When improvisational comedy is good, people in the audience may get the impression that it's by design. But the actors on stage would tell you their work is anything but scripted. (05/23/2014)
Comic book lovers, creators and dealers gathered for the Minnesota Comic Book Association's 26th annual SpringCon at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on May 17-18, 2014. The weekend event was a mix of character costumes, comic art and a comic book marketplace. (05/19/2014)
Sonny Knight's retro-style R&B may have finally found its time, and at 66, the Mississippi-born singer is reclaiming the stage. (05/02/2014)
American Indian dancers, young and old, gather for the 6th Annual Traditional Powwow at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. (04/02/2014)
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 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)