Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media

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After being told innumerable times that maybe she asked too many questions, Anne Hillman decided to pursue a career in journalism. Her first radio job was at KDLG in Dillingham in 2007, and then she moved to KUCB in Unalaska where she worked for three years in both news and programming. For two years, until May 2014, she alternated between freelancing with APRN and other Alaskan media and working as a community radio journalism trainer in rural South Sudan. Her current position at Alaska Public Media is as the organization’s urban affairs reporter as part of the community affairs desk. ahillman (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8447  |  About Anne

Anchorage's out-going superintendent Ed Graff was chosen to lead the Minneapolis Public Schools. That district has about 12,600 fewer students than Anchorage because the Twin Cities metropolitan area is broken into more districts. About two-thirds of the 35,717 students are people of color. Download Audio

Susan Churchill is a Japanese-American who grew up in a small town near Seattle not long after World War II. But her experiences growing up were nothing like her father's. Download Audio

Two white parents adopted three black children. This is the story of a father and his oldest son. Download Audio

State lawmakers cut education funding in the proposed budgets by nearly $13 million Tuesday night. They moved the money into the oil and gas tax credit fund. Download Audio
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A record number of kids are currently in Alaska's Foster Care System. Caseworkers are overloaded. Families and kids are frustrated. But it's not all bad news. Communities are around the state are developing solutions to both support families who are involved with the system and prevent kids from going into foster care in the first place.

Stereotypes about Mexican immigrants in the United States abound, but everyone has a unique situation. This is the tale of one couple with two very different stories. Download Audio

A celebrated storyteller is facing felony charges for allegedly having sex with an underage boy. Forty-three year old Jack Dalton is charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree and attempted sexual abuse. KTUU originally reported the case. Download Audio

The state’s Division of Elections is required to translate ballots and create an elections glossary in six dialects of Yu’pik and also Gwich’in. Those are the terms of a lawsuit settled last year by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. But as Alaska Public Media’s Anne Hillman learned – that process isn’t easy. Download Audio

Deena Paramo, the current superintendent at the Mat-Su Borough School District, is chosen to lead the state's largest school district.

Foster care doesn't just impact kids. It changes the lives of entire families -- and foster families. So how do we support both those who lose their children and those who take them in? We'll talk about supporting the foster care system on the next Talk of Alaska statewide. Download Audio

Kwigillingok is preventing kids from entering foster care by intervening with families before abuse starts. Meet their Child Protection Team. Download Audio

This week we’re hearing from Antonio Prescott and inmate at Mackenzie Correctional Farm outside Wasilla. Antonio manages the chicken house, which supplies eggs for Alaska’s correctional system. Download Audio

Foster care doesn't just impact kids. It changes the lives of entire families and foster families. So how do we support both those who lose their children and those who take them in? APRN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

A new community organization is building support networks through churches to help families in crisis before child abuse has a chance to start. Download Audio
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Many children in foster care will go back to their parents, so maintaining the bond between them is necessary. But sometimes that takes a little community support. Download Audio
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Foster kids who don't feel like they belong act out. The solution? Foster parents are working harder to make kids into family. Download Audio

Nearly 3,000 kids are in foster care in Alaska. The system is overburdened. The first of five parts looks at what's going on at the Office of Children's Services. Download Audio

Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm in Wasilla produces food for prisons around the state and donates thousands of pounds of produce to the Food Bank. But some say the most important thing is helping the inmates find direction. Download Audio

One man who grew up in Alaska but was undocumented as a child was barred from returning home from Russia for seven years. Download Audio

Crews worked throughout the night to splice 550 threads.