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I’m an Alaskan journalist and filmmaker. My work has been published by Discovery Channel, Democracy Now!, FSRN, the Alaska Public Radio Network, the Anchorage Press, National Native News, Unicorn Riot, the Real News, the Mudflats and Intercontinental Cry. I’ve directed two feature length documentaries, Veins of Resistance (2019) and We Can't Eat Gold (2013), one of which has won three festival awards and was covered in the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Below, you can find my resume and my portfolio of print and radio journalism. I also have more than ten years of experience in publishing news video both for broadcast and online. To review my news photography, see my films and photos in my separate news video, environmental photography, portrait photography, macro photography and travel photography portfolios.
After an internship with the Associated Press in Srinagar, India, and reporting trips to Sierra Leone and México, I ultimately moved to Chile, working as a foreign correspondent. I began filing reports shortly after I arrived in the capital Santiago in February, 2015. I’ve grown with my now more than four years of experience reporting from Chile, living alongside the communities I cover. I’ve built not only on my Spanish fluency and translation abilities but also on my sense of historical context and the diversity of the relevant perspectives that I seek out and contrast in my international reporting.
Telling stories with varied multimedia techniques, I broadcasted half a dozen public radio stories with Free Speech Radio News’s (FSRN) national network of over 20 U.S. radio stations while producing news videos. I expanded my initial focus on covering Chilean education and labor movements and policy, to include digging into the economics of mining and water politics. Listen to an example of my FSRN reporting below.
As well as licensing video footage of breaking news for overnight publication with Discovery Channel’s Seeker and Democracy Now!, I also published four news videos with Unicorn Riot as well as making multiple appearances on their live stream news show. One of my video news reports with Unicorn Riot has been viewed more than 150,000 times. To see my news videos, please go to my separate news video portfolio.
A Passion for Public Radio
I grew up listening to public radio. Often, my whole family would sit in the car and wait for a story to finish, after the car was parked.
In journalism school I had the tremendous opportunity to take three classes from one of my heroes, NPR White House Correspondent Elizabeth Arnold. Her Ethics, Information Gathering and Radio News Reporting classes, often with under ten students, gave me a vital grounding in the art of radio reporting.
While taking her Radio Reporting class, I interned at the Alaska Public Radio Network, (APRN). There I gained a passion for fusing different storytelling techniques to help audiences connect, while reporting and editing stories for Alaska News Nightly, broadcast on 23 stations statewide. Meanwhile, I was also a contributor for other news organizations. One of my stories was broadcast across North America when it was picked up by National Native News. Another one of my stories was broadcast to coincide with a 3,000 word cover story (PDF) I wrote for Anchorage's Alternative weekly, The Anchorage Press. Another 3,000 word cover story (PDF) for the Anchorage Press was followed up with an hour-long round table with two of my interview subjects on APRN's Talk of Alaska, hosted by Lori Townsend. (NOTE: An Anchorage Press website migration resulted in two of my older articles loosing some of the spaces between the words. I’ve included PDF versions for ease of reading.)
My story below, about communities preparing for natural disasters, exemplifies my drive to integrate different radio storytelling techniques.
The thoughtful nature of public radio gave me experience in objectively reporting complex stories, a hub for my multimedia journalism and a community of journalists to learn from. APRN's News Director and Host Lori Townsend is one of my journalism references, I’m happy to share her contact info if you ask me to.
The American landscape of government run and private prisons holds many stories that inform societal development. Beginning by visiting a isolated prison under construction in the spring of 2011, I reported a series of three public radio stories for Alaska News Nightly on these issues:
I’m seldom satisfied with publishing just one story when I take on covering a new topic. Reporting on incarceration in Alaska, I kept on interviewing not only prison guards and social workers but also, former prisoners, crime victims, and public officials. I count on the public’s curiosity for disparate perspectives and information to reach their own conclusions about why events take place. For example, even though the legislation I covered on in this Alaska News Nightly story had failed to make it out of committee twice, I reported on it to document a lesser-known long-running policy debate about if and when to allow felons to vote. Pairing policy details with the radio’s ability to help people relate with one another through intimate interviews, in the story below I recorded three felons in a decisive moment in their lives, completing parole.
My 2011 people and prisons reporting culminated in a cover story (PDF) for the Anchorage Press, covering ex-offenders' struggles to rejoin society. Cycles of crime and punishment are among my topics of perpetual research.
Reporting Indigenous Perspectives
Traveling on small planes and boats to reach remote communities, I’ve nurtured my focus on reporting Indigenous perspectives on land-use conflicts through documentary, radio and print, since 2011. I began by covering the role of the U.N. Declaration of the Rights Indigenous Peoples (PDF) in the resistance of Yup’ik communities to what would be the largest open-pit mine in North America, the proposed Pebble Mine. I’ve learned to keep listening, as I’ve continued to cover the proposed Pebble Mine over the last 8 years. Most recently, in 2019, with long-form articles on the politics of the proposed mine’s permitting process, as a correspondent for Intercontinental Cry, Unicorn Riot, and the Mudflats.
My dedication to reporting on Indigenous perspectives grew from making my first feature-length documentary, We Can't Eat Gold (2013), profiling Alaska Natives fighting to protect the worlds largest wild Salmon runs, in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, from the impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine. My documentary won three awards from international film festivals and was covered by the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, Cultural Survival, and Intercontinental Cry among others. My second feature-length documentary, Veins of Resistance (2019), shows the links between the Indigenous Mapuche peoples struggles to reoccupy lands taken from them by multinational companies, with movements for affordable housing and free education in Chile.
My experiences have taught me to be a more intrepid and sensitive journalist. I’m grateful for all that my colleagues have shared with me on how to report on the perspectives of those living subsistence lifestyles, while reporting for Alaska News Nightly and National Native News. All of that understanding was tested in my years-long investigation of embezzlement at the Alaska Inter-tribal Council, discussed above.
As a student journalist, I traveled in a bush plane to the native village of Tyonek, off the road system, to cover an Alaska Department of Natural Resources hearing on a petition to block a proposed coal strip mine in the community. I recorded a radio story on mental health while I was there as well as a documentary short on the hearing that I published with The Northern Light (TNL), the University of Alaska Anchorage’s award-winning student newspaper. I reported dozens of stories for TNL, while earning my bachelor’s degree in journalism.