Marley Shebala, who is Diné (Navajo) and Zuni, is the senior news reporter for the Navajo Times Publishing Company of Window Rock, Arizona. Her work, which has received awards from the Native American Journalists Association and the Arizona Newspaper Association, also appears in News from Indian Country and The Native Voice.
Shebala, who has 21 years of journalism experience, is the treasurer for the Native American Journalists Association Board, a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists Association, and a member of the Arizona Newspaper Association. She attended the University of Colorado Scripps-Howard Institute on the Environment in 2004. In 2003 she received a Hewellet Environmental Fellowship to teach environmental journalism at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Shebala was the first news director of the Navajo Nation’s KTNN radio station, Diné bureau chief for two off-reservation dailies, and editor of Prime Time, a weekly entertainment tabloid of the Navajo Times. The Navajo Times was the first tribal newspaper in the country to become a for-profit corporation.
During its time as a Navajo government program, the Navajo Times operated as an independent paper, which the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Journalism recognized with its Honor Medal for Distinguished Services in Journalism in 2000. The Arizona Newspaper Association also awarded the newspaper a Freedom of Information Award at their annual conference in 2004.