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Three Weeks

“We’ve canceled your position,” My boss told me 24 hours after landing in Nome to work at KNOM as their Public Affairs Director. “There is no Public Affairs position. You’re now a News Reporter.” She explained I would retain the public affairs duties of Elder Voices and Profiles but those tasks would be secondary to…

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Iditarod!

Iditarod has come and gone. I am exhausted. The entire KNOM staff is exhausted. As dog teams raced their way from Anchorage, through the Alaska Range, up the Yukon River and to the Bering Sea Coast we followed them closely, tracking mushers on GPS, digging through websites for race analysis, listening to Laureli’s interviews with mushers…

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Wait, I’m a reporter in Subarctic Alaska?

As of February 27, I have been in Alaska for six months and ten days. I’m more than halfway through my first term of service so I thought it was a good time to write a reflective blog post, to consider my experience so far, how I have grown, how being a KNOM volunteer has…

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An Old Fashioned Christmas

This was my second year of being away from my family on Christmas Day. Honestly, I have to admit that this year was pretty hard knowing that I wouldn’t get a chance to see them. When you’re on the phone and you can hear your family together in the background, it certainly makes you second…

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Winter is Coming, Did You Bring Your Coat?

“I hate summer. My winter clothes and animal hats want to be liberated NOW.” This is what I told a friend as I suffered from heat stroke last summer.  I daydreamed of snow and wind and of a frozen land up north, and guess what? I got it. This is my first winter in Nome.…

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The Simple Life

As the holiday season is in full swing, I am reminded of just how nice it is to be living a bit simpler this year. This is normally the time of year when you’re running around trying to buy gifts, cooking up a storm……. busy, busy, busy. Honestly, I believe this is the first year…

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Framily Thanksgiving!

While the rest of the world enjoys their Black Friday shopping, we in the KNOM “Framily” are enjoying a relaxing post-Thanksgiving day. Daynee and I are on air, and most of the rest of the volunteers are sleeping off our wonderful thanksgiving dinner, where we joined with the Schmidt family and others for a true…

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I’m Going to Gambell!

“I’m going to Gambell,” I said. Responses: “Oh, you’re going to win some money?” As a news reporter, my job is to listen to residents within the region. Each voice is important. This means that part of my job is to travel to these communities and have face-to-face time with those being impacted by local…

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Livin’ a Dream

Last January I was finishing up my final semester of college. I knew that by May, I’d be sitting pretty with my English degree–i.e. sleeping on my parent’s couch unless I could somehow find a job. The career search beckoned. But I had a few itches I just couldn’t scratch away. I wanted to pursue…

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New season, New volunteers

As fall is rolling in with rain and wind, a new crew of volunteers is trickling in to KNOM and Nome – as Alaska Airlines flights allow. A low pressure storm is sitting off the coast, bringing record rainfall to the region. We’ve had one volunteer arrival delayed, and we’re waiting for another with baited…

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