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Anna Rose MacArthur

News Director

Anna Rose MacArthur catching a four-wheeler ride in Napakiak, Alaska.
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Anna Rose MacArthur serves as KYUK's News Director. She got her start reporting at KNOM in Nome, Alaska 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 was a 2020 fellow in the Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative, a partnership between the CPB and Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism. Anna Rose is a Transom Story Workshop alumni.

Ravn Alaska prepares to board a de Havilland Dash 8 for a flight from Dillingham and King Salmon to Anchorage.
Avery Lill / KDLG

Ravn Alaska plans to resume flights between Aniak and Anchorage the first week of January 2021.

Calista Corporation

Nearly all tribal councils across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have locked down their villages to slow the spread of COVID-19. In a virtual town hall on Nov. 23, Association of Village Council Presidents CEO Vivian Korthuis said that at least 45 of the region’s 48 communities “are in either lockdown, hunker down, or shelter in place.”

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation held a virtual town hall on Nov. 23 to answer the region’s questions about the coronavirus pandemic. We’re airing a portion of that town hall, which focuses on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and testing. Panelists included YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkelman, YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges, YKHC Infection Prevention physician Dr. Elizabeth Bates, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, ANMC Acting Administrator Dr. Bob Onders, State Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin, and AVCP President Vivian Korthuis. The event was moderated by YKHC Vice President of Communications Tiffany Zulkosky.



The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Greg Kim / KYUK

With Thanksgiving approaching, health officials are urging everyone in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to stay home this holiday to prevent spreading COVID-19. Hospitals across the state are filling up, and cases could soon overwhelm the local health care system.


Panelists participate in the YKHC Virtual Town Hall on Nov. 23, 2020.
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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation held a virtual town hall on Nov. 23 to answer the region’s questions about the coronavirus pandemic. Listen to the full town hall, which has been slightly edited for broadcast.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation held a virtual town hall on Nov. 23 to answer the region’s questions about the coronavirus pandemic. Here is the first part of the town hall, which has been slightly edited for broadcast. YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges started off speaking about the state of the pandemic in the region.



Many Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are in lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, including Kwethluk on the Kuskokwim River. Kwethluk has been under strict pandemic restrictions since spring, and entered lockdown in mid-October. On Nov. 19, KYUK spoke with Jordan Fisher, the COVID-19 Incident Commander for the Organized Village of Kwethluk, about the village's pandemic restrictions.


Bethel Search and Rescue

Kwethluk is struggling to control a major outbreak of the coronavirus in the village. Jordan Fisher, the village COVID-19 Incident Commander, estimates that of the 800 or so people who live in Kwethluk, 150 have been diagnosed with the virus.

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