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Fritz Nordengren Fritz Nordengren

Assistant Professor | Des Moines University

Des Moines, Iowa Area, IA, UNITED STATES

I write - I farm - I cook Stories told from 80- acres and a six burner stove



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I split my time between two worlds. In one, I’m an assistant professor for a graduate medical school. In the other, I’m a small rancher.

During my career I’ve been a special assistant to the president of a four-year college, the program director of a paramedic training program, vice president of a multi-million dollar advertising agency, president of my own consulting firm, and co-founder of a non-profit organization that worked with two Nobel Prize-nominated charities along with a select group of NGOs that were making a significant difference in the lives of people who were in need or at risk.Working in 12 countries I’ve produced documentaries, and was an early pioneer in producing Internet-based multimedia storytelling projects in the early 1990s. My first commercial Web site for a client launched in 1994.

Recognized for my creative work four times by USA Today, twice I was picked as one of the Top 100 Producers by AV Video/Multimedia Producer magazine, and recognized by the National Press Photographers Association.

In academic work and research, I’ve focused on the topics of learning styles, evidence-based practice, and the role gender plays in health care leadership. Currently I’m working on a 5-hour documentary and lecture series, We Are What We Eat: The Nutrition, Policy, and Public Health of America’s Diet.

My home, Two Mile Ranch, is halfway between Des Moines and Kansas City. Two Mile Ranch features a game bird habitat where we raise and release pheasants and grow pasture-raised ducks, turkeys, and chickens that are antibiotic free.

It is also a barn loft in southern Iowa for graduate students, authors and creative people to get away to work… a green, sustainable ranch retreat, far from noise, distractions, and close to major hubs.

Industry Expertise (3)


Writing and Editing

Media - Online

Areas of Expertise (4)

Digital Storytelling

Nonprofit Leadership



Education (2)

Des Moines University: MPH, Public Health

Iowa State University: Journalism and Mass Communication, Video Production 1984



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