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Johanna Eurich

Managing Editor

Johanna Eurich's vivid broadcast productions have been widely heard on National Public Radio since 1978. She spent her childhood speaking Thai, then learned English as a teenager and was educated at a dance academy, boarding schools and with leading intellectuals at her grandparents' dinner table in Philadelphia.

Eurich learned broadcasting in 1974 and helped advocate for the work of independent radio producers and stations. She moved to Alaska to be News Director of KSKA in Anchorage after helping put WVMR on the air - a solar heated radio station in one of the poorest parts of Appalachia. 

She has worked for the Alaska Public Radio Network, KTNA in Talkeetna, KDLG in Dillingham, as well as periods at KCUK, in Chevak and KBRW in Barrow. She was at KYUK in 1996 and returned as Managing Editor in 2016.

Alaska has made some improvements, but still ranks near the bottom of all states in the nation for children’s well-being. That’s according to data in the annual report on how kids and teens are doing, which was released by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active died on June 4, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

This week marks one year since the death of public radio pioneer John Active. He helped create and define the bicultural and bilingual style of KYUK, and introduced the Yup’ik language and culture to the nation through his writing and storytelling. To this day, John remains the only Indigenous commentator to air on National Public Radio. 

Of all the roles John Active played: journalist, comedian, radio host, translator, and culture bearer, he identified himself most as a storyteller.
Katie Basile / KYUK

It's been one year since John Active died on June 4, 2018. Of his many roles in broadcasting, John identified most as a storyteller, a craft he learned from his grandmother, Maggie Lind. KYUK is remembering John this week by listening to his stories. Here is a selection of some of our favorites. Quyana, John.


Zachariah Hughes

Jessica Klejka, racing in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, will be on her way to Nome from White Mountain at 10:40 a.m. She got to the checkpoint for her 8-hour rest at 2:40 a.m. on Friday, March 15.

Victoria Hardwick made it through the Norton Sound shore ice yesterday, arriving in Koyuk this morning at 6:20 a.m. 

There are currently 26 mushers who have made it to Nome.

Zachariah Hughes

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser came into Koyuk at a little before 9 a.m. on Monday. Joar Leifseth Ulsom, last year’s winner, was an hour behind him, checking in at 9:59 a.m. Jessie Royer came in almost two hours later at 11:46 a.m. Of the three top teams, she has the largest with 12 dogs. Leifseth Ulsom has nine and Kaiser has 10.

Iditarod musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom leaves the Shageluk checkpoint on March 8, 2019.
Ben Matheson

In the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, rough trail conditions and strategy are playing out on the Yukon River.

Nicholas Petit's dogs in the Iditarod checkpoint on March 7, 2019.
Ben Matheson

In the Iditarod, Nicholas Petit is leading the way up the Yukon River with 12 dogs. He dropped two in Anvik when he left the checkpoint at 8:58 a.m. About 18 miles behind him is Joar Leifseth Ulsom, who picked up speed coming into Anvik at 11:30 a.m., followed by Jessie Royer a mile behind.

Musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom sorts through drop bags in the Iditarod checkpoint on March 7, 2019.
Ben Matheson

The rough and bumpy trail to Iditarod and onto the Yukon River took it out of both mushers and dogs. Aliy Zirkle’s gamble to push ahead and take her 24-hour mandatory layover in the Iditarod checkpoint did not pay off. She is now farther back in the pack, and behind the top 10 teams.

Musher Aliy Zirkle arrives first into the Iditarod checkpoint on March 7, 2019.
Ben Matheson

The sprint between Nicholas Petit and Joar Leifseth Ulsom ended at 12:13 p.m. on Thursday, when Petit arrived in Iditarod 15 minutes ahead of Leifseth Ulsom. Petit wasn’t there when Leifseth Ulsom checked in, because he had gone on down the trail to camp about 10 miles outside of town. Leifseth Ulsom spent most of the afternoon in Iditarod as Martin Buser arrived to take his mandatory 24-hour rest, followed by Jessie Royer, Pete Kaiser, and Richie Diehl, who have all completed their mandatory 24s.

The Iditarod checkpoint on the Iditarod River on March 7, 2019.
Ben Matheson

Another musher may show up in Iditarod soon. Joar Leifseth Ulsom and Nicholas Petit are sprinting toward the checkpoint where Aliy Zirkle is taking her mandatory 24-hour break. The two have opened up more than a 25-mile lead over the parade of other mushers who have come off their 24's and are now following them to the ghost town that marks the halfway point to Nome.

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