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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.

The Lower Kuskokwim School Board met in executive session on Thursday, Jan. 23 to narrow its search down to the final candidates for LKSD's new superintendent. Before meeting behind closed doors, the board developed a plan for three days of visits, interviews, and tours of some of the district’s schools with the finalists for the superintendent’s job. The board also decided to invite its two student representatives to participate in the board’s interviews with the finalists.

Lance In Last

Jan 21, 2020
Katie Basile / KYUK

Lance Mackey took the red lantern in the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race on Sunday, Jan. 19. The former Iditarod champion was the last to cross the finish line in Bethel at 10:33 p.m., over six hours after he left Tuluksak. 

Mackey knew he was in for some trouble before the race began. It started just after he got to town on Monday before the race.

“On Tuesday, three of my dogs were kind of sneezing,” he said. “Turned into a little bit of a cough. Turned into not eating for a couple of days before the start of the race.”

Pete Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska on March 13 at 3:49 a.m.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

We’re about to start a new year and a new decade in 2020. But before we move forward, we're looking back on the past year inthe Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta through KYUK’s top stories.

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.

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