Todd Melby

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  • Username: toddmelby
  • Independent Producer
  • Role: Producer Group Staff


Caption: Vintage Music Company, Credit: Todd Melby

Yesterday's Revolution: Minneapolis 78 RPM Record Scene (27:56)
From: KFAI Minneapolis

Lots of folks are into vinyl these days. Some people are even making mix tapes again. But if you really want to embrace obscure, seemingly dead media, there's no better way ...
Caption: Maybe You Should Die owners, Credit: Todd Melby

When Minnesota Nice Goes Wrong (04:15)
From: Todd Melby

A profile of a pair of foul-mouthed Minneapolis crafters.
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It'll Make a Man Out of You (01:37)
From: Todd Melby

Before joining the oil boom, young Tait Salzer labored on a South Dakota cattle ranch, which he thought was man's work. Then he got a job as roughneck on a drilling rig. That ...
Caption: Projectionist Nikki Weispfenning at Trylon Microcinema, Credit: Todd Melby

A Night with the Projectionist (03:54)
From: KFAI Minneapolis

Inside the projection room at one of the last movie theaters in Minnesota that screens 35mm film.

About Me

Todd Melby is a reporter, interactive producer and filmmaker. He is the lead producer of Black Gold Boom, a public media project documenting North Dakota's oil boom—and bust. His stories have aired on U.S. public radio stations, including national programs such as Marketplace and The World. He's also covered breaking news stories, including the I-35W bridge collapse, for Reuters. He is a senior producer at 2 below zero, a public media nonprofit. And he's been won multiple national journalism awards, including a pair of Edward R. Murrows and Sigma Delta Chi awards. His television documentary on the North Dakota oil boom is currently airing on PBS stations nationwide.

My Groups: KFAI Minneapolis and 2 below zero
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Work Experience

Host and Producer at The Drunk Projectionist,  January 2017 - Present

Editor at KFAI's MinneCulture,  January 2015 - Present

Reporter and Lead Producer at Black Gold Boom,  January 2012 - January 2015

Senior Producer at 2 below zero,  January 2002 - Present

Previously Aired On

APM's Marketplace, PRI's The World, NPR's Only A Game, NPR's All Things Considered and elsewhere.


Hamline University, BA, Political Science

Northwestern University, MSJ, Journalism

The Environment Report, Candow Training


  • SPJ Sigma Delta Chi award - Specialized Journalism Site, Black Gold Boom , 2013
  • Online News Association award, Black Gold Boom, 2013
  • McKnight Media Artist Fellowship, 2013
  • RTDNA national Edward R. Murrow award, Death's Footprint, 2009
  • PRNDI award, Death's Footprint, 2009
  • SPJ Sigma Delta Chi award, Flatlined: How Illinois Shortchanges Rural Students, 2007
  • RTDNA national Edward R. Murrow award, Spirit and Body Willing: Sex Over Age 70, 2004

Additional Information

Affiliations:  AIR
Other Web sites: http://