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.

Silver salmon fills the bottom of a boat during a subsistence opening in August 2016 near Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim Bay commercial fishery has been operating for nearly a month. It moved to 12-hour openings every other day, beginning last week.

A COVID-19 test sample is collected from the drive-thru test site run by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation on April 14, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

It’s a sad day for the region; the first person in Bethel has died of COVID-19. The same person was also the first person in the region to be hospitalized and medevaced for the virus. The person was not a resident of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The Long House Hotel in Bethel, Alaska is one of the locations where the City of Bethel is housing travelers coming from Anchorage who layover in Bethel during the coronavirus pandemic.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

There is no evidence of community spread of the coronavirus in Bethel, and the City of Bethel wants to keep it that way. To do that, the city is offering free lodging, food, and transportation to passengers who travel from Anchorage and layover in Bethel.

John Wayne Howe is one of five candidates running for Alaska's open U.S. Senate seat, and is competing in the primary election on Aug. 18 as part of the Alaska Independence Party. Howe is the last of the senate candidates to be interviewed on Coffee@KYUK. We’ve interviewed Democratic candidates Dr. Al Gross and Chris Cumings. The two remaining candidates in the race, incumbent Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan and Democrat Edgar Blatchfor, did not respond to our invitation.

As the school year approaches, Bethel 4-H is making plans for fall. The program provides year-round activities for youths, including meal programs and after-school childcare. Bethel 4-H operates under the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and is working with UAF on developing these plans. KYUK talked with Kellie Johnson, Assistant Director of the Bethel 4-H Program, about what the Bethel community can expect this August.

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (in yellow), the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (in blue/pink) cultured in a lab.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced the 27th case of COVID-19 related to the region. YKHC has now announced more cases in July than in all the preceding months. 

Proposition 1 on the 2019 Bethel municipal ballot asks voters if they would like to return Bethel to local option status and limit alcohol licenses to restaurants and eating places. Fili's Pizza is the only Bethel restaurant with an alcohol license and wo
Dean Swope / KYUK

The days of going to Fili’s Pizza in Bethel and walking away with a case of beer or wine are gone. Fili’s will continue selling beer and wine curbside and with home deliveries, but will impose tighter restrictions.

National Park Service

Moose hunting in Zone 2 of the RM 615 hunt in Game Management Unit 18 will have a longer season this year.