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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Tribal Business News has added a seasoned journalist in Indian Country to the publication’s reporting team. 

Rob Capriccioso starts today as the new senior editor for Tribal Business News. Based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Capriccioso will help the publication expand its policy coverage and report on the unique tribal-federal relationship. 

An enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Capriccioso formerly served as the D.C. bureau chief for Indian Country Today from 2011 to 2017, and started at the publication in 2008 as a general assignment reporter. 

“We are so pleased Rob has joined our team at Tribal Business News,” said Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi), editor and publisher of Tribal Business News. “His many years of experience in reporting issues in Indian Country from the nation’s capital will bring enormous depth to Tribal Business News’ coverage of policy, tribal economic development and Native-owned businesses.”

Previously, Capriccioso has written for Inside Higher Ed, served as the founding website editor of, and has been a contributor to a handful of publications including the New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian and Campaigns & Elections. His reporting on Indian Country has garnered numerous awards, including several from the Native American Journalists Association. 

Capriccioso grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He is married with four children.

“Economic development in Indian Country needs vastly improved journalistic coverage not only so that American Indian citizens know what’s going on, but so that the general public, including policymakers, can really comprehend what’s necessary to assist and listen to tribes and their people,” Capriccioso said. “The Tribal Business News team truly realizes how important it is to commit real resources toward strong Indigenous-focused journalism. I am happy and excited to join them and see the progress we can make on this front.”

Capriccioso joins editor and publisher Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi), reporters Chez Oxendine (Lumbee-Cheraw) and Jenna Kunze and managing editor Joe Boomgaard in the Tribal Business News virtual newsroom. The publication is currently seeking to add additional freelance and contract writers to its reporting staff. Contact [email protected] for more details.

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