OUR STORIES | Tiffany Vang: A strong voice from St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood


Tiffany Vang is the blog star of the Media Skills Fellows! Her post on the Hmong 18 Clan Council and bride price policies got an all-time high of more than 67,000 page views and more than 700 comments, as well as responses posted as blogs and articles.

The fall cohort of Media Skills Fellows, funded by the Bush Foundation, completed ten weeks of intensive learning on November 14, with the ripple effects already spreading out into various Twin Cities communities. The fellowship program focused on improving media skills with the specific goal of using these skills for better communication in/about/on behalf of each participant’s community. This article is one of several articles introducing the fall cohort of Media Skills Fellows and what they learned and accomplished.

That could be a little overwhelming for a young woman who grew up in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood and graduated from the College of St. Benedict just a few months before beginning the program. Rising to the challenge, Tiffany worked hard to respond to commenters and engage in dialogue within the community.

Hard work is something she knows a lot about. She works full-time as a data researcher and community organizer for Summit Academy, OIC through the VISTA program, while also remaining very engaged in the Hmong community in the Twin Cities. She’s the program development coordinator and a founding member of the Hmong Higher Education Scholarship fund of the Lao Family Community of Minnesota, and an active member of Take Action Minnesota.

In the Media Skills Fellows, Tiffany said she especially liked learning about Storify: “I always wondered how news outlets got quotes from different places. It’s cool to see that’s public and you can write commentary on that and add other people’s voices.”

While she may be “obsessed” with Pinterest and Storify, Tiffany’s writing presents a strong voice on issues ranging from the impact of towing fees on low-income St. Paul residents to college plans for first-generation students to the Miss America contest.

Reporting for this article supported in part by Bush Foundation.