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 Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The COVID-19 virus at the heart of the global pandemic is tough to control because, on the face of it, the disease is often not severe. 

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation has some good news for the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. The hospital can now get more tests done for COVID-19 because YKHC is now allowed to send the sample out to private labs for testing. YKHC Interim Public Relations Director Mitchell Forbes says that means testing is available to more people, and that YKHC has changed the guidelines for testing. 

Zachariah Hughes

It’s been a tough night on the Iditarod. As dawn approached on March 10, more than half the sled dog teams in this year’s race were on the section of trail between Rohn and Nikolai. Those 26 teams, including Yukon-Kuskokwim mushers Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl, have made it through some of the more challenging sections of trail. That includes the infamous Dalzell Gorge, a place that has flipped many a musher’s sled in the past. Of the teams though the Alaska Range this morning, 13 are resting, some in the Farewell Burn. 


Richie Diehl was the first 2020 Iditarod musher into the Finger Lake checkpoint, arriving around 7 a.m. on March 9. He is currently resting his team. Behind the Aniak musher are several teams, including Bethel’s Pete Kaiser, who is about 7 miles behind in position four. The front runners are in the heart of snow country, where the snow can be 10 feet deep just off the packed trail.

Mark Nordman, Iditarod Race Marshal.

This year the conditions on the Iditarod trail are reminding old-timers of what it used to be like back in the last century. Mark Nordman, the Race Marshal for the Iditarod, has been in charge for breaking the trail for 30 years, and he says this time, there is plenty of snow.

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.