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.

The first person in the region died of COVID-19 over the weekend. It’s a sad time, and brings the tragedy of the pandemic closer to home. We at KYUK send our condolences to the family. Today, KYUK talks with Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, about the health corporation’s response to the pandemic.

With the pandemic, protests, and school reopening, it can be difficult to remember that there are elections coming up: the primary on Aug.18, and the general election on Nov. 3. KYUK has partnered with Alaska Federation of Natives Co-Chair Ana Hoffman to bring you more information on how to cast your vote. Hoffman talks with Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer.

Silver salmon fills the bottom of a boat during a subsistence opening in August 2016 near Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim Bay commercial fishery has been operating for nearly a month. It moved to 12-hour openings every other day, beginning last week.

A COVID-19 test sample is collected from the drive-thru test site run by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation on April 14, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

It’s a sad day for the region; the first person in Bethel has died of COVID-19. The same person was also the first person in the region to be hospitalized and medevaced for the virus. The person was not a resident of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The Long House Hotel in Bethel, Alaska is one of the locations where the City of Bethel is housing travelers coming from Anchorage who layover in Bethel during the coronavirus pandemic.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

There is no evidence of community spread of the coronavirus in Bethel, and the City of Bethel wants to keep it that way. To do that, the city is offering free lodging, food, and transportation to passengers who travel from Anchorage and layover in Bethel.

John Wayne Howe is one of five candidates running for Alaska's open U.S. Senate seat, and is competing in the primary election on Aug. 18 as part of the Alaska Independence Party. Howe is the last of the senate candidates to be interviewed on Coffee@KYUK. We’ve interviewed Democratic candidates Dr. Al Gross and Chris Cumings. The two remaining candidates in the race, incumbent Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan and Democrat Edgar Blatchfor, did not respond to our invitation.

As the school year approaches, Bethel 4-H is making plans for fall. The program provides year-round activities for youths, including meal programs and after-school childcare. Bethel 4-H operates under the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and is working with UAF on developing these plans. KYUK talked with Kellie Johnson, Assistant Director of the Bethel 4-H Program, about what the Bethel community can expect this August.