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Is This Normal?

With snow on the beach, the Bering Sea remained unfrozen at the end of October 2017.

In college I studied Environmental Policy. When I decided I wanted to become some kind of journalist, I thought my undergraduate studies would be an interesting blip, not something I would build on.

But every day in Western Alaska I read about and have the chance to report on the issues I learned about in classrooms 3,700 miles away.

Alaska, like anywhere, is a place of contradictions: an Arctic region on the frontline of climate change… that’s been dependent on oil and gas money for decades. I’ve been thinking a lot about that tension, and others, as I feel my way through my year here.

Listen above for more, and read up on some of the topics I touch on:

Image at top: The distinctly un-frozen Bering Sea at the end of October 2017. Photo: Zoe Grueskin/KNOM.


  1. Maggie Grueskin on December 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the update, and what an exciting place to be and experience the effects of global-warming first-hand. Love your pictures!

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