Terria Smith '08

Terria Smith

Terria Smith, editor of News From Native California

Alum Profile:
Terria Smith’s Heyday

When Terria Smith graduated with a Journalism major in 2008 she went home to Palm Springs, California to work for her hometown newspaper, The Desert Sun.

A member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, she hoped to tell the stories of Native Americans in California who have been largely invisible in the media. Now, as editor of News from Native California, Smith is doing just that. 

“This is as close to my dream job as I believe I can get,” Smith said. “I love the work I do. I get to explore and write about the communities that I really care about the most. Beyond writing and learning about tribal cultures across the state, I get to educate others and help illuminate the California Indian world to those who don’t know about our tribes.”

The magazine is published by Heyday, a Berkeley-based nonprofit organization. She joined Heyday in 2013. At the time, she was working in production for KVCR-TV in San Bernardino.  

“I traveled to many Native American communities across the country to share their stories,” Smith said.On assignment for the television station, she met Malcolm Margolin, founding publisher of Heyday, “I was drawn to Heyday for a number of reasons, one of them was its California Indian Publishing Program, known as the Berkeley Roundhouse,” she said.

Heyday publishes two to books a year by or about California’s Native people and produces the quarterly News from Native California