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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.

This transmission electron microscope image shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus was isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories

How to manage the city's coronavirus response dominated much of the Bethel City Council meeting on July 14.

The Wall of Honor at the Alaska Territorial Guard Park in Bethel, which David Trantham Jr. was instrumental in creating.
Ben Matheson / KYUK

Bethel City Council recognized two men whose work over the years made a positive difference in the community and the region: David Berlin and David Trantham Jr.

The Kuskokwim River salmon run has not been what state data suggested it would be. The kings arrived low and late, and now concerns are turning to chum, which are also arriving in low numbers and could also be late. The person crunching and tracking these Kuskokwim salmon numbers for the state is Sean Larson with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who joins us on Coffee@KYUK.


A junk vehicle in Bethel.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel residents can apply online for the city to remove two junk vehicles from their yards for free. Applicants must have a current utility account with the city to qualify.

The Bethel Winter House will open every night at 9 p.m. from December 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 at the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel is working on a new location for its homeless shelter.


Dr. Liz Bates prepares for COVID-19 testing at the YKHC testing tent on March 25, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases related to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is growing rapidly, with two more announced on July 14. So far, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced 26 cases of COVID-19 related to the region. Half of those cases were confirmed during the past two weeks. YKHC has announced a case nearly every day this month.

After over a year at the organization, ONC Executive Director Ron Hoffman has decided to resign.
KYUK Staff

The Bethel Orutsararmiut Native Council received $13.8 million under the federal CARES Act, and the organization wants to hear from tribal members on how to spend that money.

Salmon belly strips hang to dry on a fish rack along the lower Kuskokwim River.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

The mood was happy, even relieved, as the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group met this week. The group of river users advise the state on managing the fishery. Last week, subsistence fishermen reported empty or partially-filled fish racks. The next day, the state opened the main stem of the river to gillnets full-time. A week later, on July 13, some fishermen reported nearly full racks for the season.

Katie Basile

On the Kuskokwim River, king salmon are running low and late, and have mostly passed through the lower river. It’s possible that they won’t meet the state’s escapement goals. Meanwhile, chum and sockeye are also running late. Both are tracking with last year’s run, and are beginning to pick up in the lower river. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Kuskokwim fishery biologist Nick Smith shares more about how the salmon runs look on the Kuskokwim River and throughout Western Alaska.


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