Valerie Lake

Valerie Lake
Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. She creates original video content for the station's TV and digital platforms while also overseeing the Production Department. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV and Radio Broadcast Journalist where she traveled around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, Australia, and the Southern United States reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, yoga, and traveling.
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After serving time, this cook now serves the night owls of Anchorage | INDIE ALASKA

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How to heal your soil on an island covered in volcanic ash | INDIE ALASKA

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Alaskan dog treat bakery gives a head start for youth with learning disabilities | INDIE ALASKA

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This Alaska artist hopes you’ll draw on your vintage clothes | INDIE ALASKA Meg Kelley has been crafting since she was a kid learning to live with an ADHD diagnosis. Now as an adult in Anchorage, Alaska, Meg is realizing the uniqueness of her internal world helps...
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What to expect from the 2024 legislature | Alaska Insight

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Locals and tourists celebrate the summer solstice in downtown Anchorage

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Supporting Alaska’s veterans | Alaska Insight

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A group of preschoolers sits in a circle singing Alutiiq songs.

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