Tom Arviso Jr.

Tom Arviso Jr.

CEO / Publisher

Navajo Times Publishing Co., Inc.

Window Rock, AZ USA

Go with your heart. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.


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Tom Arviso Jr.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Started working at the Navajo Times 27 years ago as a college intern studying journalism.
His interest in journalism initially began in high school while working as a sportswriter for the school paper.
When he got to college, he had a lot of doubts about whether journalism was something he actually wanted to pursue—his desire to effect change led him to social work.
For a year, he worked to reintegrate people leaving prison and help them find jobs, but found that the work wasn’t fulfilling him in the way he thought it would.
While looking for something different to do, he saw an advertisement for writers at a small Native American newspaper—he applied, got the job, and reinvigorated his interest in journalism.
Admits that he experienced a lot of self-doubt making the switch from social work to journalism; he worried that he would never find something he was truly passionate about.
Says that he has been turned down for a lot of jobs that he really wanted and that it was hard to overcome that rejection—has learned to believe in himself and focus on being his best self.
Currently serves as the CEO of the Navajo Times Publishing Co., Inc.—says that he found his passion is in telling other people’s stories in an authentic way.
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CEO / Publisher

I am the publisher of the largest Native American owned and operated newspaper in the U.S.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I oversee the business and operations side of the newspaper and ensure that the stories we report on are true to our mission of being a source of strength and empowerment for the Navajo people.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Make and travel your own path.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:



The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You aren't qualified for this job."

Challenges I Overcame

Work Stress

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