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 the bush to join KYUK in 2015. She leads an award-winning newsroom and has launched statewide public radio reporting collaborations. Her journalism has received regional 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.

Akiak receives funding to move the 6 homes closest to the eroding riverbank.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Sixteen young people from a dozen countries filed a legal complaint about climate change with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The petitioners range in age from eight to 17. Their complaint alleges that five countries, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey, are violating children’s rights by failing to curb fossil fuel emissions and reduce the effects of the climate crisis. The youth filed their complaint the same week the United Nations is convening for its Climate Action Summit in New York City. One of the petitioners comes from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

On Jan. 6, 2020, liquor store licenses in Bethel will expire and local option laws will go into effect.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Three propositions involving alcohol and marijuana local option in Bethel will appear on this year’s municipal ballot. Here’s what a “Yes” or “No” vote could mean for Bethel. 

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

KYUK hosted a live call-in show on Monday, Sept. 16 to discuss the three local option propositions that will appear on Bethel's 2019 municipal ballot, and what they could mean for the Bethel community. Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 deal with alcohol local option in Bethel, while Proposition 3 asks about marijuana local option.

Bethel City Council candidates Raymond "Thor" Williams, Haley Hanson, Cece Franko, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, and Mark Springer at the Bethel City Council Candidates Forum at Bethel City Hall on September 17, 2019.
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Update: The Yugtun translation of the forum has been added.

KYUK and Delta Discovery hosted the 2019 Bethel City Council Candidates Forum live at Bethel City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The forum consisted of candidates responding to questions from Bethel journalists, fellow candidates, and audience members. Topics included alcohol and marijuana local option propositions, infrastructure, council member civility, and the hiring of future city employees. Five of the six candidates attended: Raymond "Thor" Williams, Cece Franko, Haley Hanson, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, and Mark Springer. Incumbent candidate Fritz Charles was unable to attend due to a prior work commitment. Listen to the full broadcast below. The forum was translated Yugtun by Julia Jimmie, Lillian Miachel, Jack Beaver, and Sam Berlin.

Shots rang out in Akiachak this weekend, leaving one brother dead and another brother medivacked to Seattle for advanced medical care. 

A bottle of R&R Whiskey found lying in a Bethel parking lot.
Dean Swope / KYUK

How Bethel votes on alcohol has a big effect on both the community and its emergency service providers. That’s the takeaway from a study looking at more than a decade of data from law enforcement, health providers, state agencies, and non-profits.