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This is What it Means to Say Barrow, Alaska

Volunteer producer Dayneé changes hats, reporting on the Nalukataq celebration in Barrow, Alaska: “I am not a newsie at heart. I compensated for it by giving myself more prep time and a few pep talks in front of the mirror that went something like, ‘You’re assertive! You ask questions! You can walk up to strangers and ask coherent, intelligent questions!'”

Polar bear boots on display in the school in Gambell

A Picture and a Thousand Words

Preparing for her departure from Nome, Emily reactivates her dormant Facebook account. She faces a choice: What experiences from Western Alaska can be shared with social media, and what stories are better told face-to-face?

Wilbur Cross High School Prom, 2006. A bygone era. The author stands on the far right, wearing an acrylic tie and pocket square.

Too Old For Prom

Zach pays a visit to the Unalakleet School Prom, at 25. Looking back on his own prom experiences, he decides there isn’t much of a difference between prom in the Lower 48 and that in Western Alaska.

A Sunny Day in Golovin

Not Just Talk

Emily came to Nome to tell stories. As the host of “Story 49,” she does just that. On a recent trip, though, she found that a KNOM volunteer’s service sometimes goes beyond connecting through the radio to making more personal connections in this vast but tiny part of the state.