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Davis Hovey, News Director

News reporter Davis Hovey hails from the Commonwealth of Virginia (“the Old Dominion”). He spent most of his childhood in Greene County, 20 minutes north of Charlottesville.

For college, he ventured north to central New York state’s Syracuse University, where he graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast digital journalism. At Syracuse, he kept busy through internships with local radio stations, part-time jobs, and volunteering as a leader with Christian ministry outreach organization Young Life. He also “screamed (his) lungs out during Syracuse basketball games,” Davis says — not least since the Orange made it to the Final Four twice during his four-year term at the school.

After college, Davis packed up and moved even further north to join KNOM’s news team, compelled by “the opportunity to work for a radio station in a remote, unique place like Nome” — as well as the “great unknown” and “almost mysterious” qualities of our corner of the world. He loves doing news radio and is excited to “learn more about a way of life that I’ve never experienced before,” Davis says. “My goals are to learn as much as I possibly can this year, about anything and everything new… Hopefully, I will be able to share people’s stories and do my job in a way that is a service to the community of Western Alaska and the people who live here… I predict that this year will be full of excitement and rewarding challenges that will result in a lot of personal growth.”

After the conclusion of his 2016-2017 volunteer year, Davis joined KNOM’s permanent staff as news director in July 2017.

When he’s not working in our station walls or reaching out to Western Alaska’s communities, Davis enjoys, he says, “good music of all different genres, from country to classical with the Piano Guys mixed in.” Also, “I’m a very physically active person, or try to be, and I will watch soccer any day of the week if possible.”