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.

Weekend rains softened Kuskokwim River ice in front of Napaimute, pictured here on April 20, 2020.
Ben Leary

The ice cleared on the Kuskokwim River above Nikolai on April 21, but an ice jam is developing 24 miles downstream at the North Fork. Residents of Nikolai are watching it carefully and preparing for possible flooding.

Robert Woolsey / KCAW

Congress is working on an additional funding package to help deal with the pandemic’s effects on the country. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says that the Senate has approved an additional $484 billion for COVID-19 response, including money for hospitals, small businesses, and testing. The bill is being fast tracked.

The KYUK staff poses for a group photo in December 2019 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK won 13 Alaska Press Club awards for journalism produced in 2019. The annual contest honors reporting produced by Alaskan journalists working in media outlets across the state. 

Visit AVCP's website before April 26 to weigh in on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

The coronavirus is making it tough for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to meet its economic goals. Shelly Wade, with the Agnew Beck consulting firm, is the project manager for updating the region’s federally-required economic plan. 

Albert Kvamme Jr., age 69, was last seen on April 10 when he left Akiak on a snowmachine headed to Togiak. Akiak tribal leader Mike Williams Sr. said that the overland trip takes 10 to 20 hours, depending on conditions, and that Kvamme Jr. frequently made the journey to visit his family across the mountains.

Greg Kim / KYUK

A dramatic drop in patient visits has plunged the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation into a steep financial decline. The organization’s leadership warns that the large revenue loss could soon lead to furloughs and layoffs.