Presidential Visits to The Last Frontier

The president is visiting Alaska, and it’s more than just a fuel stop this time. On the next Talk of Alaska, we’re taking a trip into the annals of presidential history in the Last Frontier. FDR and Jimmy Carter went fishing during their visits here. Reagan hosted the pope. And Clinton popped downtown for a sandwich. What will Obama’s visit be remembered for?

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Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon stand with CEO of Northern Consolidated Airlines Ray Peterson in front of Northern Consolidated Airlines Fairchild U.S. Mail prop plane (later christened by Pat Nixon) during their visit to Alaska. Printed on airplane: "U.S. Mail AAM241." Dec. 17, 1958. Photographer: Ward W. Wells. When Nixon returned to Alaska as president, he famously welcomed Japanese Emperor Hirohito, the first Japanese emperor to set foot on foreign soil. Photo: Alaska Digital Archives.
Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon stand with CEO of Northern Consolidated Airlines Ray Peterson in front of Northern Consolidated Airlines Fairchild U.S. Mail prop plane (later christened by Pat Nixon) during their visit to Alaska. Printed on airplane: “U.S. Mail AAM241.” Dec. 17, 1958. Photographer: Ward W. Wells. When Nixon returned to Alaska as president, he famously welcomed Japanese Emperor Hirohito, the first Japanese emperor to set foot on foreign soil. Photo: Alaska Digital Archives.

HOST: Lori Townsend

GUESTS:

  • Dermot Cole, Alaska Dispatch News reporter and columnist
  • Pat Pourchot, formerly the special assistant on Alaska affairs to the Interior Secretary; former DNR commissioner
  • Jack Roderick, former Anchorage mayor

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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