SIOUX CITY -- Ally Karsyn was one of six journalists, selected out of 113 applicants worldwide, to receive the 2017 Images & Voices of Hope Restorative Narrative Fellowship.

This fellowship features work on stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from a place of despair to a place of resilience.

She received the IVOH fellowship as the founder, producer and host of Ode, a live storytelling series where community members tell true stories on stage to promote positive impact through empathy.

Ode is produced by Siouxland Public Media, where she is the arts producer and afternoon announcer. Karsyn spoke about her work at IVOH's annual media summit in the Catskill Mountains of New York in June.

Karsyn is a former features reporter and columnist for the Sioux City Journal, where she received the 2016 Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award and the 2016 Jay P. Wagner Prize for Young Journalists from the Iowa Newspaper Association.