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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 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.

AVCP President and CEO Vivian Korthius at the AVCP Annual Convention in Bethel, Alaska on Oct. 6, 2016.
Dean Swope / KYUK

As some activists in the lower  48 advocate for defunding law enforcement, rural Alaska tribes are doing the opposite. They’re working to get more funding for law enforcement for communities that have few, or no, public safety officers. A panel addressed this issue on the first day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.



YKHC tightens visitor restrictions at its Bethel hospital beginning March 19, 2020 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The first person in the region has been hospitalized in Bethel for COVID-19. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation admitted the patient on Oct. 15.

Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

All results from the third round of COVID-19 testing at the Bethel’s Elder’s Home returned negative after a staff member tested positive for the virus last week. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation runs the facility and tested all staff and residents for the virus on Oct. 9, 12, and 15.

COVID-19 Illustration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Health officials are warning that the COVID-19 pandemic has reached a critical point that requires everyone in the region to stop gathering with non-household members to slow the spread of the virus.


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

Coronavirus cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have risen dramatically in the past two weeks, with 126 new cases between Oct. 1 and Oct. 14. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is urging everyone to stop gathering with people outside their households to slow the spread of the virus. To talk more about the state of the pandemic in the region and what you can do to help, KYUK talks with YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges and YKHC Vice President of Communications Tiffany Zulkosky. Our conversation was recorded Oct. 14.


Dan Sullivan

This week on Coffee at KYUK, we’re talking with Alaska’s U.S. Senate candidates. On this show, we talk with Republican incumbent Sen. Dan Sullivan who is running for a second term in the U.S. Senate.



Courtesy of Dan Sullivan

Incumbent Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan said that he’s been doing a good job for rural Alaska, and wants another term in the U.S. Senate. He pointed to his support of public safety funding, and to Attorney General William Barr’s allocation of federal money for rural policing as proof of his effectiveness.

Mike McIntyre

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is in Chevak conducting community-wide coronavirus testing. The Chevak Tribal Council declared a community lockdown on Oct. 12 after a resident tested positive for the virus. That resident is a student at the Chevak school, according to Chevak Superintendent David Lougee.

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