The Next Generation Radio Fellowship is a week-long digital journalism training project designed to give competitively selected participants, who are interested in radio and journalism, the skills and opportunity to report and produce their own multimedia story. This project, for early career professionals, was produced at Minnesota Public Radio in Saint Paul in September 2016.

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In the white world of improv, a black comic finds healing in humor

Minneapolis comedian John Gebretatose walks the line between funny and taboo, especially when it comes to race. Comedy has played a huge part in his life since childhood — not that his experiences were always humorous.

by Leah Donnella

At the age of 79, “The Peek-A-Boo Weatherman” wants a comeback

At the height of his career in the ‘60s and ‘70s “The Peek-A-Boo Weather Man” was the face of TV weather in several major US cities. His on-set antics brought him big audiences and celebrity friends. He was the first weatherman to inject Hollywood star power into his forecasts with appearances by Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr. and other icons.

by Wesley Early

Oromo activist wants the world to
“hear the cries” of her people

After runner Feyisa Lelisa’s Olympic protest, Minnesota’s Najat Hamza demands that the pleas of the Oromo finally be heard.

by Taylor Gantt


Somalis in Minnesota are under pressure. Meet the therapist trying to help them.

The recent stabbing in St. Cloud has triggered fears of retaliation in Minnesota’s Somali community. Ahmed Hassan is a Somali refugee, and a therapist. He’s trying to help his Somali clients, though many don’t know what therapy is. Hassan says his first exposure to therapy is what set him on his career path.

by Elma Gonzalez

The violent sleep disorder that may hold a cure for Parkinson’s disease

Patrick Geagan hits his wife in his sleep. Here’s why, for his doctor, that could provide a bit of hope.

by Nicky Ouellet

Phillipe Cunningham finds success and respect as a transgender man

Phillipe Cunningham is a senior policy aide for Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges but his journey hasn’t been easy.

by Cai Thomas