Meet the Hosts

MEET THE HOSTS: DAMON BAYER AND SHIHAN SHAHEED

Damon is a junior mathematics major and a Brookings native. Though primarily interested in a career in statistics, Damon has been passionate about media and journalism from a young age. Damon has also been a voracious listener of podcasts for many years, leading him to co-host “Friday Conversations,” a weekly interview show with Shaheed Shihan in the fall semester of 2015. State politics is a new territory for Damon, but he is eager to take on the challenge with the aid of the  Dakota Rural Voices team.

Shihan is from Dhaka, Bangladesh and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Data Science. The intersection between politics, mathematics, and journalism has always been of interest to Shihan. He has been involved with KSDJ as their News Director before, bringing in and interviewing local politicians. South Dakota has become a second home for him and he is excited for the challenge of representing state politics and is eagerly looking forward to working closely with Dakota Rural Action.

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