Tom Arviso Jr.

Publisher, The Navajo Times & CEO, Navajo Times Publishing Company

Tom Arviso, Jr. majored in journalism at Arizona State University. He became managing editor of the Navajo Times in October 1988, editor and publisher in 1993, and was named CEO of the Navajo Times Publishing Company in 2004.

Arviso is a former board vice president and treasurer of the Native American Journalists Association’s Board of Directors, a member of the Arizona Newspapers Association’s Board of Directors and a board member of UNITY – Journalists of Color. He has received numerous awards such as the John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger Award for Freedom of the Press and the People’s Right to Know, a John S. Knight Fellowship in Journalism in 2000-2001at Stanford University, the Arizona Newspapers Association Freedom of Information Award, and The Native American Journalists Association’s Wassaja Award, for extraordinary service to Native journalism.

[AZ-E 0101] - Epiphany LXII: CEO, The Navajo Times Publishing Co, and Publisher: Tom Arviso, Jr., The Navajo Times, Window Rock, Ariz. (3:27)

Tom Arviso, Jr. says, “The role of our newspaper was always questioned by our government.” Personal relationships also interfered. When Arviso’s friend, the Navajo Nation President, Albert Hale, misused tribal funds, Arviso had to make a tough call. But the facts his newspaper had verified persuaded him to publish the stories that drove Hale from office. And Arviso learned, “The truth always prevails.”