Palin Emails Reveal Struggle with Sudden Public Attention

Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau: Boxes of the released Sarah Palin emails during her time as Alaska Governor are stacked up in Juneau.

Emails released today by the state of Alaska show that as Alaska governor, Sarah Palin struggled with the gossip about her family and marriage.

As the newly minted Republican vice presidential nominee, she was dismayed by the sudden onslaught of questions from reporters. She also dealt with death threats from as far away as Belgium.

The glimpse into Palin came in more than 24,000 pages of emails released today from her first 21 months as governor. They showed Palin involved closely in the day-to-day business of the state while trying to cope with the increasing pressures that came with her rise from small-town mayor to governor to national prominence.

The national media descended on Juneau earlier this week in anticipation of the release, which comes nearly three years after the initial public records request.

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Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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