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.

Volunteers drag an open hole in the Kuskokwim River near Tuluksak, working to recover the body of a man who drowned on Jan. 1, 2021.

Searchers continue looking for the body of one of two men who drowned near Tuluksak on New Year’s Day. The body of one man was recovered over the weekend, and has not been identified. The search for the missing men has become a training ground for a new generation of search and rescue volunteers.


Loren Holmes / ADN

In mid-December, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation received enough Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for just over 2,000 people to receive two doses of the vaccine. By the end of the year, about 1,120 people in the region had been vaccinated with at least one dose. YKHC is continuing to vaccinate people against the virus into the new year.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The overall number of new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is declining, but the number of severe infections requiring hospitalization and medevacs is increasing. According to YKHC Public Information Officer Gage Hoffman, the health corporation has traced many of these severe infections to Christmas gatherings.

Search and Rescue volunteers pulled snowmachines from an open hole in the Kuskokwim River ice near Tuluksak, where two men, Peter Sallaffie and Joseph Hale, drowned on Jan. 1, 2021.
Mark Leary / BSAR

The first body of the pair of snowmachiners lost in the Kuskokwim River on Jan. 1 has been recovered; although the body has not been identified.

Jason Pavila of Kwethluk, age 17, won the Bogus Creek 150 in 2018. He will try to repeat that feat this year after winning the 50-mile K300 Season Opener on Jan 2, 2021.

After delays caused by the pandemic, sled dog racing season began this weekend along the lower Kuskokwim. There were special rules in place for competitors and spectators to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Katie Basile / KYUK

At times it felt like 2020 would never end, but now the year is finally coming to a close. Before we move into 2021, here’s a look back on KYUK’s top stories from the year we’ve just survived.