APRN News Contributor
M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A. in Art History with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Carleton College in Minnesota
My first stop in Alaska was at KDLG in Dillingham in 2007 where I worked as the reporter/morning host/news director. After a year I moved even further west to take over the position of news director at KUCB in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. I spent two years covering everything from fisheries to baking contests before assuming the role of KUCB’s radio director and changing my focus to community outreach and programming. In 2011 it was time to hit the road again, and I spent nine months traveling through southern and eastern Africa. Eventually my wanderings led me back to Alaska, this time to Anchorage.
Why I got into public radio:
During my three years in the Peace Corps in Tanzania I spent copious amounts of time listening to the BBC, VOA, and local Swahili stations. Radio was the only reliable, consistent way to get information to rural communities. My addiction to my shortwave and my tendency to ask too many questions finally led to me to conclude that if I couldn’t grow up to be a Muppet, then being a public and community radio reporter would be a good consolation prize.
How I ended up at APTI:
After a year on the road it was time to settle down again, sort of… A brief stint at a desk job proved to me that I wasn’t ready to give up on being a reporter yet. I was lucky enough to become involved in various projects with APTI and the Content Producers Guild such as the rural/urban perspectives series, Iditarod coverage, and as a fill-in morning host.
ahillman (at) alaskapublic (dot) org