Emily Russell, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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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.

Patterson siblings inch closer to Olympics with US National wins

The races are the last chance for many skiers hoping to qualify for the Olympics next month in South Korea. Listen now

Anchorage hosting Olympic hopefuls at U.S. Cross Country Nationals

Athletes from around the nation are in Anchorage this week competing for a spot on the Olympic cross country ski team. The U.S. Cross Country National races begin Wednesday morning at Kincaid Park. Listen now

On New Year’s Day, America’s State Parks say take a hike!

Five state parks in Alaska are offering guided hikes on Jan. 1 as part of the nationwide First Day Hikes initiative. Listen now

AK: Anchorage celebrates winter solstice with tour of trees

The event raises money for the local ski association and brings thousands of people together to tour the festive ski trails. Listen now

ACA health insurance applications due Friday

Friday is the deadline to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Premiums are down this year and that's in part due to the Alaska Reinsurance Program. Listen now

Russia banned from 2018 Olympics, AK skiers speak out against doping

Russia has been banned from the upcoming winter Olympics in South Korea. The International Olympic Committee made the announcement at a news conference on Dec. 5. Listen now

U.S., Russia and others agree to ban fishing in the Arctic Ocean

Ten nations, including the U.S. and Russia, have agreed to ban commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean for at least sixteen years. Listen now

UAA graphic design student wins artistic license plate competition

In a state where vanity plates are aplenty, Alaskans now have one more way to get creative with their cars-- the new artistic license plate. Listen now

With World Cup podium, Alaska skier Sadie Bjornsen qualifies for Olympics

It's official-- Sadie Bjornsen is headed to her second Olympic games. The Alaskan cross-country skier qualified over the weekend with a second place finish at a World Cup sprint race in Ruka, Finland. Listen now

Wasilla man sentenced for two counts of sex trafficking

A Wasilla man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for sex trafficking. Listen now

Double Thanksgiving Shootout wins give UAA women a championship, keep men alive in tournament

Thanksgiving saw the final Great Alaska Shootout at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and local college basketball fans had plenty to be thankful for. Listen now

On Black Friday, you can “Opt Outside” for free in Alaska State Parks

The "Opt Outside" campaign was launched by REI in 2015 and has caught on at state and national parks across the country, like in Alaska, where state park fees are waived on Black Friday. Listen now

Two more acres of land protected at Potter Marsh wildlife refuge

Community members in Anchorage rallied together recently to help protect one of the most popular birding spots in the city. Listen now

Alaskan soldier killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Chief Warrant Officer Jacob Michael Sims, 36, died on Oct. 28 when his helicopter crashed in the Logar Province of Afghanistan. Listen now

AK: Volunteers work to rebuild damaged landscapes on Flattop Mountain

Anchorage is home to one of Alaska’s most popular peaks—Flattop Mountain.  But all those hikers have done a lot of damage to the landscape. So this summer and fall, volunteers have been working hard to rebuild the final section of the trail. Listen now

After 40 years, Air Station Sitka maintains original mission

It’s been 40 years since the hangar doors opened at Air Station Sitka. Since 1977 Coast Guard helicopters have been flying all over Southeast Alaska for rescue missions and medevacs. Listen now

AK: Close combat trooper training in Sitka

Twice a year the Trooper Academy in Sitka gets a new class of recruits. Over a 15-week period they go through everything from spelling tests to target practice. They also get close combat training. Listen now

Alyssa London to showcase Tlingit design at Miss USA pageant

In less than two weeks, Miss USA will be crowned and one of the hopeful contestants is from Southeast Alaska. 27-year-old Alyssa London touched down in Las Vegas earlier this week to prepare for the beauty pageant. She was crowned Miss Alaska USA earlier this year and is the first Tlingit woman to hold that title. Listen now

Rhymes and Rhythms: Angoon poet Frank Sharp to be published

Rhymes and Rhythms– that’s the title of a new book of poems written by Angoon elder Frank Sharp. The book is scheduled for release this summer and will have an audio component to it, so readers can hear the poet his own work. Listen now

Juneau boundary expansion could threaten subsistence living in Angoon

The City and Borough of Juneau is looking to expand its boundaries on Admiralty Island. That island is home to Angoon, a community of about 500 people, some of whom fear a nearby land annexation would threaten their subsistence lifestyle. Listen now