Alaska Edition: Judicial Council

Host Lori Townsend (left), speaks with retired judge Elaine Andrews (middle), and retired Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti (right) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)
Host Lori Townsend (left), speaks with retired judge Elaine Andrews (middle), and retired Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti (right) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)

One of your duties as a voter is to select judges for retention. Toward the back of your voter guide, you will find considerable information about those judges. Their basic biography-everything from their age to what communities in the state that they have been residents of. Their education, the political and government positions they have held, their interests and a statement from the judges themselves.

You will also find ratings of their service and recommendations by the constitutionally mandated Judicial Council as to whether or not that council recommends these judges are retained. Joining us in talking about the important role that the Judicial Council plays in vetting the work of Alaska’s judges are two people intimately familiar with the state’s legal system.

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HOST: Lori Townsend

GUESTS:

  • Elaine Andrews, judge, retired
  • Walter Carpeneti, Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice, retired

KSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 1 at 4:30 p.m.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start in broadcasting at the age of 11 as the park announcer of the fast pitch baseball games in Deer Park, Wisconsin. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 18 years. She was the co-founder and former Editor of Northern Aspects, a magazine featuring northern Wisconsin writers and artists. She worked for 7 years at tribal station WOJB on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway Reservation in Wisconsin, first as an on-air programmer and special projects producer and eventually News Director. In 1997 she co-hosted a continuing Saturday afternoon public affairs talk program on station KSTP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Radio brought her to Alaska where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting. Following her work there, she helped co-found the non-profit broadcast company Native Voice Communications with veteran Alaskan broadcasters Nellie Moore, D’Anne Hamilton, Len Anderson, Sharon McConnell and Veronica Iya. NVC created the award-winning Independent Native News as well as producing many other documentaries and productions. Townsend was NVC’s technical trainer and assistant producer of INN. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Her print work and interviews have been published in News from Indian Country, Yakama Nation Review and other publications. Ms. Townsend has also worked as a broadcast trainer for the Native American Journalist’s Association and with NPR’s Doug Mitchell and as a freelance editor. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Townsend was the recipient of a Fellowship at the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting in Rhode Island as well as a fellowship at the Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley. She is an avid reader, a rabid gardener and counts water skiing, training horses, diving and a welding certification among her past and current interests. ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8452 | About Lori