Emily Russell, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Emily Russell, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Emily Russell is the voice of Alaska morning news as Alaska Public Media’s Morning News Host and Producer. Originally from the Adirondacks in upstate New York, Emily moved to Alaska in 2012. She skied her way through three winters in Fairbanks, earning her Master’s degree in Northern Studies from UAF. Emily’s career in radio started in Nome in 2015, reporting for KNOM on everything from subsistence whale harvests to housing shortages in Native villages. She then worked for KCAW in Sitka, finally seeing what all the fuss with Southeast, Alaska was all about. Back on the road system, Emily is looking forward to driving her Subaru around the region to hike, hunt, fish and pick as many berries as possible. When she’s not talking into the mic in the morning, Emily can be found reporting from the peaks above Anchorage to the rivers around Southcentral.

No Lazy Feat: A hiker’s postcard from Lazy Mountain

From the summit, you can see the silty gray Matanuska River ribbon through the valley. Fluorescent green patches of farmlands are bordered by darker spruce trees and speckled with homes and cabins that look tiny compared to the landscape that surrounds them.

After crossing Bering Strait, Anchorage man detained in Russia

John Martin of Anchorage had been traveling down the Yukon River in his one-seater. After reaching the Bering Sea, Martin traveled more than 50 miles across the Bering Strait. Listen now

National chain forces native Hawaiian to drop “Aloha Poke” from Anchorage restaurant

Tasha Kahele is a native Hawaiian. In April, she opened Aloha Poke Stop. Then in May, she got a letter from a Chicago-based chain demanding she change her restaurant's name. Listen now

After deadly bear attack, hikers in Eagle River weigh risks

If you live in Alaska, you live in bear country. While the risk of a bear encounter or attack is low, there's always a chance the worst could happen. Listen now
Alaska State Troopers. Photo: Monica Gokey/ Alaska Public Media file photo.

Anchorage pilot dies, two suffer injuries in Willow plane crash

Alaska State Troopers identified the pilot as 24-year-old Colt Richter of Anchorage. Richter was flying for Anchorage-based Regal Air. Listen now

End of an Era: Blockbuster begins final inventory sales

Inventory sales will continue at the two remaining Blockbusters in Anchorage and Fairbanks through August. Listen now

Blockbuster to close last two stores in Alaska

The final day of regular business at the two remaining Blockbusters-- one in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks-- will be Mon., July 16. Listen now

Alaska skier Kikkan Randall reveals breast cancer diagnosis

Alaskan skier and Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall has breast cancer. Randall made the announcement on Instagram Wednesday morning. Listen now

Meet Mount Marathon racers David Norris and Allison Barnwell

On the verge of one of Alaska's most unique and intense races, two competitors reflect on what's ahead.

Searching for closure on Colony Glacier

In 1952 an Air Force plane collided with the side of a mountain north of Anchorage. A crew has assembled every June since 2012 to bring closure to the families of the service members who lost their lives. Listen now

AK: Keeping memories alive on Father’s Day

The Dinner Party connects people grieving the loss of a loved one. On Father's Day they're sharing stories on social media from the thousands of Dinner Partiers all over the world whose dads have died. Listen now

US, Russia agree on shipping standards for Bering Strait

New standards were recently introduced to protect transiting vessels and the marine environment in the waters off Northwest Alaska. Those standards go into effect in the Bering Strait on Dec. 1. Listen now

Veterans from Kotzebue have war stories archived online

From World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars and both Gulf Wars, more than 70,000 veterans have served in the armed forces. Now, more of their stories can be heard online. Listen now

Wasilla teen dead after canoe capsizes

A little after 6 a.m. Friday the body of Bryce Adams, 19 of Wasilla, was found. An initial investigation found that neither boater was wearing a life jacket and alcohol does appear to be a factor. Listen now

Anchorage snowmachiner dies in glacier avalanche

An Anchorage man has died after being swept up in an avalanche Wednesday afternoon. Listen now

Survival of first Alaskans linked to breast milk

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers some clues into how the first Alaskans adapted to their new home. Listen now

Trekking in the Chugach: Exploring peaks in Anchorage’s backyard

Winter is winding down in Alaska. Most trails in Anchorage are already clear of snow, but the world is still frozen high up in the mountains. Listen now

2018 Native Youth Olympics begin in Anchorage

More than 400 high school athletes from across Alaska are in town for the statewide championship, which tests strength, endurance and agility. Listen now

John Oliver offers movie memorabilia to Anchorage Blockbuster

Alaska may be the Last Frontier, but on Sunday night, Comedian John Oliver highlighted a different kind of status - the last holdout of Blockbuster Video. Listen now

49 Voices: Jerry Ross of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Jerry Ross in Anchorage. Ross coaches runners with the Alaska Endurance Project and is part of a group of runners racing in this year's Boston Marathon. Listen now