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.

The Alaska Airlines terminal in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Two Transportation Security Administration agents who work at the Bethel Alaska Airlines terminal have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The most recent employee who tested positive last worked at the airport over a week ago, on Oct. 6. No positive cases are listed among Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport workers.

Courtesy of Dr. Al Gross

This week on Coffee@KYUK, we’re talking with Alaska’s U.S. Senate candidates. Our guest for Oct. 13 is Dr. Al Gross, an independent who won the Democratic primary and is campaigning to replace Republican incumbent Dan Sullivan in the U.S. Senate.

Bethel Police identified one of the suspects in the ALASKAbuds break-in and burglary, a 14 or 15-year-old boy.
Bethel Police Department

Bethel police found a man dead in a steam house in Bethel’s Blueberry subdivision on Oct. 13. 

Fishermen boat across the Yukon River near Emmonak during the final summer chum commercial opening of the season on July 15, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The lower Yukon River community of Emmonak ended its lockdown on Oct. 12. The Tribal Council had implemented the two-week lockdown after a resident tested positive for COVID-19 late last month. 

Al Gross campaign

Dr. Al Gross is running as a one-issue candidate. On the Democratic ballot as an independent for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat, Gross wants to reform healthcare. He said that he does not want to take away the choices that exist now, but he does want to add a new choice because private healthcare is so expensive, especially in Alaska where costs are some of the highest in the county. 

Joey Mendolia / Alaska Public Media

KYUK won a national journalism award for a video honoring the legacy of a Yup’ik dance legend. KYUK received the 2020 National Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Video for Small Market Radio on Oct. 10 for the short film “The Legacy Of Maryann Sundown And Agnes Aguchak.” KYUK produced the video in collaboration with Alaska Public Media.

Update Oct. 13, 2020 5:30 p.m.: Delta Western closed its Bethel gas station on Oct. 8 after seven employees tested positive for COVID-19. The company reopened the gas station on Oct. 13. 

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

As coronavirus cases increase in the region, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is expanding public testing and urging everyone to stop gathering with people outside their household.