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Anna Rose MacArthur

News Director

Anna Rose MacArthur catching a four-wheeler ride in Napakiak, Alaska.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

Anna Rose MacArthur serves as KYUK's News Director. She got her start reporting in Alaska at KNOM in Nome, and then traveled south to report with KRTS in Marfa, Texas. Anna Rose soon missed rural Alaska and returned to join KYUK in 2015. She leads an award-winning newsroom and has launched statewide public radio reporting collaborations. Her journalism has received a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award and statewide awards for coverage on climate change, health, business, education, and mushing. Anna Rose’s favorite stories to tell include a muskox, salmon, or sled dog. Her work has appeared on NPR, 99 Percent Invisible, HowSound, and Transom. She is a Transom Story Workshop alumni and a certified Zumba instructor.



While South Sudan is thousands of miles away from Alaska geographically, it is a part of the world that Bethel has kept a close connection to through Dr. Jill Seaman, a physician who splits her time between Bethel and Old Fangak, South Sudan. In Bethel, she works with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. In Old Fangak, she founded and runs South Sudan Medical Relief, a community project focused on providing local health care. Her work has earned her a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. She joins us just days before leaving Bethel to travel back to continue that work.


A gillnet soaks in the Kuskokwim River during the opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

With king salmon having largely reached their spawning grounds, gillnet restrictions on the Kuskokwim are lifting.


The red pin shows the location of the Tagayarak River near Tuntutuliak, Alaska.
Google Maps screenshot

A man died after being thrown out of a boat near Tuntutuliak. The accident occurred July 28 on the Tagayarak River, a tributary of the Kuskokwim River.

The first person in the region died of COVID-19 over the weekend. It’s a sad time, and brings the tragedy of the pandemic closer to home. We at KYUK send our condolences to the family. Today, KYUK talks with Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, about the health corporation’s response to the pandemic.



With the pandemic, protests, and school reopening, it can be difficult to remember that there are elections coming up: the primary on Aug.18, and the general election on Nov. 3. KYUK has partnered with Alaska Federation of Natives Co-Chair Ana Hoffman to bring you more information on how to cast your vote. Hoffman talks with Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer.



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