Emily Hofstaedter, a 2018-2019 KNOM volunteer fellow, hails from the lush valleys of “Amish country”: Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Emily’s love for radio began in her childhood. “As a kid,” Emily says, she “spent many a car ride listening to NPR with my parents.” They still tend to “nerd out together over great stories on ‘All Things Considered,’ ‘Morning Edition,’ or ‘This American Life,’” she adds.
Emily is a graduate of Scotland’s University of Edinburgh, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature. An avid traveler, she uses “every spare penny” to see new places, but Alaska is still “one of my biggest ventures,” she says.
Emily worked in set construction, theatre, and the travel industry before landing at KNOM but most enjoys working in the arts with children. In Nome, she hopes to be able to volunteer at St. Joseph Catholic Church and to grow in her Catholic faith while also taking on the KNOM tradition of directing plays in Nome. Emily is particularly inspired by and hoping to learn more about Alaska Native history, as well as Catholic social justice movements, while she serves her time at KNOM.
“Perhaps more than anything,” she says, “I’m excited to catch my first fish! Many thanks to the people of Nome for welcoming me to their community!”