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Cody Hammer to join Cherokee Nation’s OsiyoTV

After three years, the Osage News is saying “Goodbye for now” to our friend and colleague, Cody Hammer. He has accepted a position with Cherokee Nation’s OsiyoTV as a camera operator. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and know he will be successful.

Hammer, 32, is of Cherokee and Creek descent. Self-taught, we have watched him grow as a photographer into a videographer while at the Osage News. His coverage of the upcoming film, “Killers of the Flower Moon” has been published by multiple U.S. and international publications.

Born in Tahlequah but mostly raised in Westville, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas, he first gained employment with the Osage Nation in 2015 at the ON Boys & Girls Club where he was a favorite with the kids and staff. After the Boys & Girls Club was closed, he began working for ON Communications. He joined the Osage News staff in February of 2019.

He is married to Mary (Ramirez) Hammer, Osage, and they are parents to four daughters.

We will miss Cody’s beautiful photography, his kindness and professionalism. Please join us in saying Thank You for his years of hard work at the Osage News and service to the Osage people. You can follow him on Instagram @_codyhammer_ and Facebook at Cody Hammer Photography.  #OsageNews #NAJA #OKSPJ


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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.

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