Matthew Faubion, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Matthew Faubion, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Matt Faubion is a multimedia journalist at Alaska Public Media. Reach him at Read more about Matt here.
A man in a dark green jacket sits on a cot alone inside a building that has been converted into a shelter.

A look at Anchorage’s emergency cold weather shelter plan

Anchorage opened a 150-bed cold-weather shelter on Oct. 31. But less than a month into winter shelter season, it has a 1,000-person waitlist.
A man with a newborn and other children.

Training child care providers in Southeast Alaska

Quality child care is in limited supply across Alaska, but especially so in rural parts of the state.
a child dances with feather fans on stage

Alaska Native dance groups perform for packed crowd at Quyana Night

“We’re always happy to share the songs of our ancestors,” said Jolene John, who performed Thursday night with her dance group from Toksook Bay.

A traditional Unangax̂ boat sails for the first time in over 200 years It’s been about 200 years since Russian colonizers demolished the last remaining examples of large Unangax̂ boats called a niĝilax̂. The wooden framed boats were used in the Aluetian islands to transport goods and...

How Port Lions is increasing local food production A local food hub has spouted Port Lions on Kodiak Island, bringing with it increased food security. The archipelago is now home to six community and tribally owned farms. The idea is to connect...
an opossum in a white room with on a bed of straw

Alaska’s most-wanted opossum is settling into her new home at the Alaska Zoo

Grubby arrived at the zoo in Anchorage Wednesday, and is the first opossum to live there.

What is a Seed library? And how are they saving Alaska’s gardens? | INDIE ALASKA Seeing how much Alaska relies on imports for food and gardening, Melina Sevigny asked herself, how could she help it's food security? She started the Mat-su Seed Library, a shelf located in The Wandering...

Meet One of Alaska’s longest Aurora Borealis Researchers | INDIE ALASKA

Syun-Ichi Akasofu always had a curiosity for the aurora borealis. Yet, no one in his hometown in Japan knew exactly where these multi-colored shimmering lights in the evening sky came from. He's now one of the top aurora researchers in Alaska.

How can the Anchorage School District close its budget gap? | Alaska Insight

Lori Townsend talks with School Board Member Dave Donley, and Alyse Galvin of Great Alaska Schools, to understand the scope of the Anchorage School District's $68 million budget gap, and what can be done to address it.
Two women sit in front of a TV set and a man is in view on a TV monitor.

Bering Sea Storm Recovery: How to get Aid | Alaska Insight

As arctic coastal communities scramble to repair what was lost during last month's Bering Sea storm, Alaska Insight discusses the scope of the storm and resources available for survivors.
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Escaping conflict abroad, arrivals in Alaska seek stability and opportunity War and political upheaval are driving a major increase in the number of refugees and other immigrants arriving in Alaska from overseas. Whatever the reasons and circumstances for their departure, they're all seeking the...

Meet the skateboarder behind some of Anchorage’s most famous wall art | INDIE ALASKA

Since he was young, Ted Kim dedicated his life to skateboarding. But then an injury left him feeling lost.

Alaska cartoonist draws his experience with Parkinson’s | INDIE ALASKA

Peter Dunlap-Shohl was living his lifelong dream, as an editorial cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News. But in 2002, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
A woman's hand holds a tap into a birch tree

Birch tree tappers say a warming Alaska is making the harvest season harder to predict April is birch tree sap season in Southcentral Alaska. A season that is harder and harder to predict because of climate change. Alaska Public Media’s Lex Treinen visited some long time birch sap harvesters...
An Alaska Native woman smiles while a drum circle is happening.

I am an Alaska Native Healer | INDIE ALASKA

Amelia Simeonoff helps others heal their traumas with ancient Indigenous practices.

After vandalism, museum continues to share Jewish life in Alaska Incidents of antisemitism have been on the rise nationally and worldwide. Here in Alaska, a series of events last year highlighted the need for continued education to combat bigotry. As Alaska Public Media’s Adelyn...

Meet the Bicycle Baron: A cyclist whose trip around the world starts in Alaska | INDIE ALASKA Growing up in Japan, Hugh Yamada always had a fascination for bicycles both new and old. But it wasn't until his first year-long bicycle trip from Hokkaido to Okinawa that he discovered a love...

Ancient tracks lead to better understanding of how Arctic dinos lived

This summer, three scientists ventured to the foot of the Aleutian Mountain range to collect evidence that dinosaurs once roamed the southern coast of the Alaska Peninsula. They hope to reconstruct the ancient ecosystem that allowed dinosaurs to thrive here for tens of thousands of years. 

Inside an ambitious family farm in Alaska | INDIE ALASKA Bryce Wrigley asked himself one question after seeing the news in 2005 of Hurricane Katrina, what if this happened in Alaska? He saw how Alaska relies on importing foods and if a natural disaster...