Left to right: Name, Robert Joe, Tom Arviso Jr.
Moderator TOM ARVISO, JR., a Navajo native, is originally from
Window Rock, AZ.
He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Navajo Times Publishing Company, Inc. and the Publisher of the Navajo Times newspaper.
The Navajo Times
is a weekly publication and is the largest Native American owned newspaper with a circulation of 24,000 and over 150,000 readers each week.
Arviso began his career with the Navajo Times in 1983 as a college intern.
He later worked as a sports writer, sports editor, reporter and photographer for the Navajo Times.
He was hired as the managing editor of the Navajo Times in October 1988 and assumed the duties of editor and publisher in 1993.
A staunch believer and advocate for Freedom of the Press
fought many battles with tribal government leaders and officials over editorial control and censorship of the Navajo Times
for a number of years.
To seek independence from tribal government ownership, Arviso
convinced the Navajo Nation
Council to approve the for-profit incorporation of the Navajo Times
The tribal council voted unanimously in favor of this official legislation on October 23, 2003.
On January 1, 2004, The Navajo Times
officially began operation as the Navajo Times Publishing Company, Incorporated
Arviso majored in journalism at Arizona State University and at Mesa Community College.
He is a former board vice president and treasurer of the Native American Journalists Association's Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Arizona Newspapers Association's Board of Directors.
wife Brenda, their children and grandchildren currently reside in St. Michaels, AZ.