The Pfister Hotel

The Pfister Narrator

The Pfister Narrator has been a tradition of the hotel for almost 15 years. Our narrators share their stories, focusing on the spirit of The Pfister Hotel and it's most interesting visitors.

Current Narrator

Bela Suresh Roongta is the 12th Pfister Narrator. She is the founder and owner of Milwaukee-based boutique shop belabela. She is also a lawyer, advocate for domestic violence victims and published author. Her book “...fill in the beauty, a book for the storyteller and artist in all of us” captures her original drawings and the stories they tell. It is inspired by her love for the East-Indian art of henna and storytelling. In 2018-19 she was the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) spoken word mentee and in 2016 she received the Special Recognition Governor’s Trailblazer Award for Women in Business. Click the link above to learn more about Bela.


Do you consider yourself a storyteller? What is your form of narration?

Are you the next Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf or Oscar Wilde? Or are you an aspiring reporter who wants to someday be compared to the likes of Barbara Walters, Walter Cronkite or Katie Couric? Or maybe you just love interacting with people and have a passion for storytelling? Or is it that you are looking for writing/broadcast jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin? Here's your opportunity to gain experience and meet new people, while enjoying one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.

The Pfister Hotel is in search of the next Pfister Narrator, an individual who will spend time in the hotel's lobby, mingling with visitors and guests and sharing stories about the Pfister Hotel through their chosen storytelling medium weather it is on the  Pfister's blog, through a podcast, or maybe even through social media. The chosen applicant will have the opportunity to meet many fascinating people and hone their observation, interviewing, writing/and or broadcast skills as they bring the spirit of the Pfister to audiences everywhere.

The Pfister Narrator will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week over the course of a one-year period (May 15th thru May 14th) and will publish a minimum of two posts per week. In return, $1,000 per month will be provided to the Narrator for his/her choice of one of the following three options: a $1,000 monthly stipend, a scholarship for continuing education or a donation to a charity in his/her honor.  Complimentary parking and meals within the hotel's cafeteria will be provided during the Narrator's tenure.


How To Apply

Applications for the thirteenth Pfister Narrator are due on March 31st, 2020 with the position running from Mid-May, 2020 thru Mid-May, 2021. The twelfth Pfister Narrator, Bela Suresh Roongta, will hold the position through May 2020.
To be considered, applicants will need to submit an application form, a current resume, 2-3 samples of recent work, cover letter that covers relevant qualifications, why the Narrator Program is appropriate for you, and your creative proposal for the position, printouts of all printable items listed, electronic copies of all items listed via Dropbox, WeTransfer, or a flashdrive, a brief video (hosted on YouTube or Vimeo) of you explaining your proposal and vision for the position, along with two professional references.
Refer to the application for more detailed instructions.
Please submit application materials in person, or via snail mail (to the Pfister Hotel, Attn: Donna Basterash). A review panel will evaluate the applications and ultimately choose the Pfister Narrator. For questions, please contact Donna Basterash at

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