The 2004 Young Alumni Achievement Award went to Stephanie Rissler-Christopherson, a 1995 graduate of BHSU, who is now a current affairs producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB).
Rissler-Christopherson, who has been with SDPB for the past seven years, has been honored several times with nominations for regional Emmy Awards and gained national exposure when several of her broadcasts were picked up on C-Span. A former Gold Rush dance team member and campus radio personality, Rissler-Christopherson covers statewide political issues and other news for SDPB. She currently hosts and produces a live public affairs program, State House, which airs every day during the two-to three-month state Legislative session. In addition, she is a segment editor and helps produce "South Dakota Focus," a magazine program that features live discussions of issues that affect the state.
Rissler-Christopherson, who is originally from Casper, Wyo., was previously the northern hills correspondent for KOTA news in Rapid City.