Valerie Lake

Director of Production

Valerie Lake

Originally from El Paso de Robles, Ca, Valerie Lake comes from a blended family of Spanish and French-Canadian immigrants. She studied environmental science at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

Valerie later enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Broadcast Journalist where she served as a multimedia journalist for the American Forces Network’s Regional News Bureau in Ramstein, Germany. Valerie went on to serve as a Combat Videographer for the 1st Combat Camera Squadron in Charleston, SC.

After transitioning from the military, Valerie worked as a video editor for WRAL News in Raleigh, North Carolina.

After experiencing military and commercial broadcasting, Valerie transitioned to public broadcasting where she still works as the Director of Production for Alaska Public Media. In this position, she creates documentary shorts for the digital series, Indie Alaska. She also oversees the video production department for Alaska Public Media and directs their public affairs TV show, Alaska Insight.

Valerie’s work for Alaska Public Media has been featured at the Museum for International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Northern Aspects Film Festival in Anchorage, Alaska, and on the PBS Newshour and Newshour Weekend.

Valerie’s work has also been recognized by her peers with awards from the Alaska Broadcasters Association, the National Educational Telecommunications Association, and the Alaska Filmmakers Organization. In 2022, she received the Best Video Journalism award from the Alaska Press Club, and she has received two Northwest Regional Emmys. 

Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, hiking, skiing, backpacking, and traveling. Valerie Lake has previously gone by the names, Valerie Lloyd and Valerie Kern.