Jeremy Hsieh, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Jeremy Hsieh has worked in journalism since high school as a reporter, editor and television producer. He lived in Juneau from 2008 to 2022 and now lives in Anchorage.
A man with a hat is standing on a sidewalk next to a utility pole.

Connecting the Seward and Glenn highways scarred Fairview. Now, lots of agencies want to make it right.

The Anchorage neighborhood recently won a federal grant specifically for repairing damage to the community from past transportation projects.
Anchorage Votes banner and election observer sign

Anchorage’s by-mail election is underway. Here’s what to know. 

Ballots were mailed to eligible voters on March 14. To be on time, your ballot envelope must be postmarked, put in a drop box or cast in person by 8 p.m. April 4.
Rows of cots are organized on the floor of an arena.

Politics and pessimism are weighing down Anchorage’s latest push for a new homeless shelter

City officials have repeatedly failed to establish new, low-barrier shelter spaces, and repeatedly fallen back on using the Sullivan Arena as one.
A computer model of two large green tents with some people walking around outside

Anchorage Assembly threatens legal action over Bronson admin’s illegal contract authorization

The mayor and Assembly leaders say they hope they can sort out their differences with each other, then settle up with Roger Hickel Contracting.
A mirrored building.

Anchorage Assembly sues Mayor Bronson to force disclosures about former health department head 

Several Assembly members previously accused the administration of using confidentiality to hide the lackluster investigation from the public.
Jamie Heinz inside Anchorage Election Center

Furor over mail-in voting fades as Anchorage prepares for April election

It peaked in 2021. Anchorage’s election administrator thinks increasing transparency around election operations has helped settle the public’s concerns.

ACLU sues Alaska prison system over forced medication policy

The ACLU says Mark Andrews' experience shows that a policy affecting many people in state custody with mental illness should be struck down.
Cots and totes are organized on the floor of an arena.

Anchorage Assembly orders third-party oversight of emergency cold-weather shelters

The city will hire a consultant to receive and investigate complaints, after the homelessness coalition said clients’ basic needs are not being met.
Jim Crawford at a conference table

Anchorage Assembly members want commission appointee to resign for raising stereotypes about homelessness

Jim Crawford serves on an advisory commission, and suggested race and mental illness cause homelessness during a recent meeting.
A Regal Cinemas movie theater in East Anchorage.

Anchorage’s IMAX movie theater spared from bankruptcy closure — for now

In a court filing, attorneys for the parent company say they are still negotiating with the theater’s landlord.
vehicles in a dtich

Glenn Highway reopens, but police warn of traffic delays

Drivers headed north on the Glenn Highway were stuck for about two hours on Friday due to multiple accidents and icy roads.
Prisoners in yellow jumpsuits on bleachers

ACLU sues Alaska Department of Corrections over eligibility for pre-release transition programs

The civil rights organization says after a parole board grants someone an earlier release date, they may be denied access to helpful transition programs because of a bad interpretation of eligibility rules.
Anchorage Fire Department responders with shovels near a collapsed roof.

Inspectors investigate cause of fatal Anchorage roof collapse

There is a lot of concern that heavy snow loads may have contributed to the collapse, said Anchorage Fire Department Assistant Chief Alex Boyd.
flipped Humvee

Air Force investigators lay out lapse after lapse that led up to Eagle River ROTC cadet’s death in Humvee crash

Untrained cadets were given unsupervised access to old humvees intended only for use as bombing targets that were improperly put into service.
people directing people flow in front of the Anchorage School District logo on a wall

Anchorage schools ‘repeatedly and inappropriately’ secluded and restrained students with disabilities, says Justice Department

The Department of Justice says the school district illegally secluded and restrained students with disabilities.
A camera person snaps a shot of a woman in classes, a man with a goatee and a woman in a colorful shirt as they pose with a sign.

A new resource center for people experiencing homelessness is opening in Anchorage

Instead of services scattered across the city, this new center offers everything in one place, from hot showers to housing resources.
sailors recover balloon

Still no answers on mysterious object shot down off Alaska’s north coast

The White House says recovery efforts for debris from all four objects shot down continued Monday.
A man smirks behind a desk.

Anchorage Assembly chair: ‘The mayor’s administration is on fire. It’s burning.’ 

Mayor Dave Bronson continues to be mum about litany of dysfunction at City Hall and says he has not considered resigning.
Duke Russell by his Subaru

Duke Russell couldn’t keep walking away from Anchorage’s neediest people. Now he’s feeding hundreds a day.

“Once you see stuff happen, you just can’t walk away anymore, you know?” the Spenard artist said.
volunteers put together baggies of personal hygiene products and snacks

Why Alaska’s homelessness experts are ambivalent about the point-in-time count

The federally mandated snapshot of people experiencing homelessness is widely publicized, but an existing system offers more robust and up-to-date information.