Crew Bios

Stacey Thunder -- Host and Co-Producer

Hosting almost 100 episodes since the show's inception in 2004, Stacey Thunder is the host and co-producer of Native Report. She received a B.A. in Psychology in 1994 from Hamline University and a J.D. in 1998 from William Mitchell College of Law. Ms. Thunder is Ojibwe from the Red Lake Band in Minnesota and the Lac Courte Oreilles Band in Wisconsin, and has served Indian Country for over 12 years in various legal capacities including positions with Anishinabe Legal Services, the Indian Child Welfare Law Center, and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Corporate Commission. Currently, she is the Legal Counsel for the Red Lake Nation.

In addition to her television hosting and legal work, Stacey is also gratefully immersed in the entertainment world, both behind and in front of the camera. She owns an independent Native-owned music and film entertainment company called Eagle Thunder Entertainment in which she has executive produced five CDs and two music motion pictures, and is currently developing new music, film and television projects for the upcoming year. Stacey is also a film and television actress. She played the recurring role of “Judith” in the Starz hit series, Crash, a provocative 13-episode drama series from the producers of the Academy Award®-winning Best Motion Picture starring the late Dennis Hopper, and Eric Roberts; and "Marisa" in the TV series, The Promised Land, by Michael Grais who wrote the Poltergeist screenplays. She also acted in a number of short films, and played “Julie” in Cold Feet, an independent feature-length romantic comedy that channels the Hepburn/Grant movies of the forties. Stacey studies acting with former acting coach of Academy Award®-nominated Amy Adams, Cheryl Moore Brinkley, and veteran actor, Raye Birk, at the prestigious and renowned Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Stacey is also committed to shaping the future of Indian Country. She dedicates her time and service as a public speaker, in particular for the youth, and as an officer or board member to non-profit organizations. She served as the Vice-President and a board member of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association; and was a co-founder of Native Thunder Distance Runners, in which she ran two marathons in order to raise awareness of the need for better health in Indian country. Stacey now serves as a board member of Native Children's Survival, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about critical issues facing Mother Earth, her children, and the seventh generation to come through music and film; and a board member of the Nike N7 Fund, a fund that provides grant money to Native American communities in support of sports and physical activity programs for the youth.

And through all of her endeavors, Stacey’s work and dedication to Indian Country has not gone unnoticed. She was awarded the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “Native American 40 Under 40,” a prestigious award given to outstanding young Native Americans who have shown excellence and are playing a significant role in shaping Indian Country for the future.

Tadd Johnson -- Co-Host and Co-Producer

Tadd Johnson is an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. He is an attorney and a Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he is the Head of the American Indian Studies Department. Johnson served as a tribal attorney for over twenty years, but has also served as a tribal court judge, a tribal administrator and is a frequent lecturer on American Indian history and Federal Indian law. He spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately becoming staff director and counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Mr. Johnson to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission. He earned his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and his law degree from the University of Minnesota.

Christina Woods -- Field Producer

Christina Woods is the field-producer of Native Report. As field producer, Christina helps develop stories about events, history, and accomplishments throughout Indian Country. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Minnesota. Christina taught elementary and middle school students over the course of 20 years before developing charter schools on reservations.

Christina is an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa located in Northern Minnesota.

Michael LeGarde -- Producer / Writer

Michael LeGarde is an enrolled member of the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa in Northeastern Minnesota. Michael has an extensive work experience in the communication field. He worked for a radio station and two television stations in the Duluth-Superior market; worked in the public affairs office for the US Forest Service and as a public relations specialist for tribal government. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the College of St. Scholastica.

Julie Kellner -- Executive Producer / Director

Juli Kellner is the producer of over 175 documentaries for WDSE-TV. She is the executive producer of "Native Report" and also does special projects for the station, including the popular historical series "Harbor History." Juli is also the creator of ALBUM, a historical documentary series which first hit the airwaves in 1990. Recently, she produced a sweeping 12 part historical documentary series called IRON COUNTRY, which is regarded as the definitive visual history of Minnesota’s Iron Range. A veteran of over 20 years in the television industry, she got her start as a reporter and producer at WDIO-WIRT TV in 1982.