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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.

Terese Schomogyi / Kuskokwim River Intertribal Fish Commission

The Orutsararmiut Native Council is changing how it collects recyclables in Bethel to limit interactions during the pandemic.

Father Chuck Peterson waves farewell during his final Bethel Mass on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Yup'ik elders, deacons, and their wives surround the Jesuit priest, giving him a traditional Yup'ik blessing for safe travels on his journey.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Catholic Priest Fr. Chuck Peterson died on Christmas Eve. The Jesuit priest began serving in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in the 1970s, where he spent decades building the local, Indigenous leadership of the church. In 2017, his superiors transferred Fr. Chuck to California after he developed health issues. On Dec. 24, Fr. Chuck died in San Jose, California at the age of 82. He passed two weeks after being admitted to the hospital with pneumonia in both lungs from COVID-19.


Bethel Search and Rescue members marking open water near Bethel.
Mark Leary / BSAR

Despite some warmer weather recently, Bethel Search and Rescue members said that the Kuskokwim River Ice Road appears to be solid.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is vaccinating people against COVID-19 across the region. The health corporation, along with state health experts, recently held a virtual Q&A to answer questions from essential workers who are eligible for the early phase of the vaccines. The questions were submitted by essential workers, and here is a portion of that information session. Panelists included YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges, YKHC Infection Control Director Dr. Elizabeth Bates, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, and Co-Lead of the Alaska Vaccine Task Force Tessa Walker Linderman. The event was recorded on Dec. 22, and was moderated by YKHC Vice President of Communications Tiffany Zulkosky, who asks the questions.


On Jan. 19, 2021, anyone age 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Loren Holmes / ADN

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is vaccinating people against COVID-19 across the region. The health corporation, along with state health experts, held a virtual Q&A on Dec. 22 to answer questions from people who are eligible for the early phase of the vaccines, including Elders and essential workers. 

Loren Holmes / ADN

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is vaccinating people against COVID-19 across the region. The health corporation, along with state health experts, held a virtual town hall on Dec. 21 to answer questions about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and how they are being distributed throughout the region.


Calista Corporation

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recommended that all villages in the region extend their community lockdowns for an additional 30 days, until Jan. 16, 2021.

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

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is hosting two virtual Q&A sessions for the public to learn more about the coronavirus vaccines coming to the region. Both sessions will occur next week, on Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Liane White, 35, with her children Presely, 14, Jonah, 11, Daniel, 8, and Natalie, 16 months, pictured at her husband's gravesite on the day of his funeral, Nov. 25, 2020.
Courtesy of Liane White

Bethel resident Kevin White was only 35 when COVID-19 took his life. He left behind four children, ages 14 to 16 months. His wife, Liane White, said that no one expected Kevin to have a hard time with the disease.

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