NIMI & NINA MCCONIGLEY
This two-part profile features Nimi McConigley - the first woman of color in the United States to run a television news station and the first Indian-born person in the United States to be elected to state government - as well as her daughter, Nina McConigley - the award-winning author of Cowboys and East Indians
Listen to Nimi's Story.
Nimi’s storied life began in Madras, India where she became an established journalist- working for India’s first and to-date, only female Prime Minister, Indira Ghandi. She attended Columbia School of Journalism, worked at WGBH- the PBS station in Boston, then ran her own station in Delhi. There, she met her husband, Pat and relocated because of Pat’s work to Casper, Wyoming where they've lived for the last 40 years.
In Casper, Nimi became the first woman of color to run a television news station, and later, ran for office and became the first Indian-born person in the entire US to serve in state government. Known as a community-minded person for years before running for office, Nimi helped start the hospice program in Casper as well as a weekly foreign film club. Her story is a true tale of courage, being yourself and embracing difference as a strength.
Listen to Nina's Story.
Nina McConigley is an accomplished author whose work tells a less common story of Wyoming- one of identity, race and the immigrant experience in the rural West. Nina didn't always know that she wanted to become a writer, though. It took working an insurance job after college for Nina to realize she needed to pursue her true interests. She signed up for her first creative writing class and never looked back. Nina's first book, Cowboys and East Indians, won the prestigious Pen Open Book Award in 2014, as well as the High Plains Book award and made Oprah’s List. Nina's passionate about sharing a different perspective of Wyoming with her students as well- she's a professor at the University of Wyoming in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and teaches around the country. Nina tells me what it was like growing up in Wyoming as a woman of color, her creative process and her upcoming novel.