Michelle Rook, WNAX

michelle-rookMichelle Rook

Rook is one of the top farm broadcasters and market reporters in the country. She was the Doan Award recipient in 2015 and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 2008, has won the NAFB Horizon Award, NAFB Newscast and Marketcast Awards and numerous NAFB News Service Awards and Associated Press recognition, as well as media awards from the South Dakota Farm Bureau, the South Dakota Soybean Association and the South Dakota Pork Producers Council, South Dakota Farmers Union and more. Rook is active in NAFB and in 2006 served as NAFB National President, only the second female to hold that office. She has bachelor’s degrees in dairy manufacturing and ag journalism from South Dakota State University, and a master’s degree in journalism and a broadcast meteorology degree from Mississippi State University. She was a State FFA Officer in South Dakota, an American FFA Degree recipient and was involved in 4-H for 11 years. Rook grew up on a dairy and crop farm in eastern South Dakota.

 

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