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 graffiti artist Bisco transformed ideas about racial equity into art during a two-day summit.

If everyone who was eligible for SNAP benefits applied for the program, $65 million would be added to the state's economy. A new tool makes checking eligibility easy. Download Audio

The First Alaskans Institute hosted a Racial Equity Summit in Anchorage this week. The event's dialogues focused on what racial equity is and how we can start to achieve it. Part of the first step -- having difficult conversations. Download Audio

Every month about 1,000 people are released from prison in Alaska. Many of them end up returning to prison. Re-integrating into a community can be challenging. In this program, we bring together a diversity of perspectives to explore the topic of what makes prisoner re-entry successful. KSKA: Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 2:00 p.m. Download Audio:

The state's Department of Law maintains the Fairbanks Four were not exonerated in the settlement, or completely cleared of blame. Download Audio

More than 2,000 kids in Anchorage are considered homeless by the school district. Research shows that kids who lack stability don't do as well in school, but the support of even just one adult can change that. In the case of teenager Jmari House, an entire family stepped in to make sure she didn't get lost in the shuffle. Download Audio:

According to a new White House report, 38,000 Alaskan households receive benefits from Food Stamps. Two-thirds of those households have children. Half of them are in deep poverty. The statistics go on and on. But is the program working? Many people say yes, though there are some hiccups. Download Audio

In the end of October, 19-year-old Caia Delavergne was shot in the head by a new acquaintance. Incredibly, she survived. Now, her mother, Chelan Schreifels is speaking out against gun violence. Download Audio

New justice reform recommendations say they could save Alaska $424 million in the next decade and improve the state's justice system. Download Audio

Thirty-four percent of Alaskans volunteer with organizations. That's the eighth highest rate in the United States, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. Download Audio

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has withdrawn the city's support for the $20 million dollar Northern Access Project, also called the U-Med District Road. The Department of Transportation says without the municipality's backing, work on the controversial project that links Elmore and Bragaw will stop. Download Audio

Every month about 1,000 people are released from prison in Alaska. Many of them end up returning to prison. Re-integrating into a community can be challenging. In this program, we bring together a diversity of perspectives to explore the topic of what makes prisoner re-entry successful. KSKA: Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. KAKM: Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:00 p.m. on KAKM Channel 7 Download Audio:

Restarting life after prison is full of challenges -- but also successes. In the village of Tyonek on Cook Inlet, one man recreates himself and gives back to the community he once hurt.

People around the U.S. who are leaving prison all face similar challenges. Sometimes it’s harder to find work or a place to live when you have a criminal history. But some people from rural Alaska face a unique barrier: their conditions of parole prevent them from going home. Download Audio

Most people leaving prison have to find a job fairly quickly both to support themselves and to meet their parole requirements. Their job searches can be more complicated than most because of the stigma of having a criminal history, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Download Audio

It’s 6:45 a.m. and 43-year-old April Wilson waits inside the entrance of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River. It’s her first day out after two and a half years in prison. Her long dark hair is perfectly curled, her eye makeup sparkles, and her piles of papers and decorations are gathered in a clear plastic garbage bag. “Let’s blow this joint!” she jokes. Download Audio

The scene outside of Brother Francis Shelter in downtown Anchorage can seem like chaos, but walking inside tells a different story. Stay the night at the emergency shelter and learn from some of the people who sleep, volunteer, and work there during this edition of A Closer Look. KSKA: Friday, Nov. 27, at 2:00 p.m. Download Audio:

For the 31st year in a row, Central Lutheran Church in downtown Anchorage is providing Thanksgiving dinners for people in need. They started with 39 families -- and now, through a partnership with the Food Bank of Alaska -- they serve 1,400. But it takes a lot to get a complete turkey dinner back home. Download Audio

Sometimes starting over means hitting reset and relearning how to "live life on life's terms." A free, two-year intensive residential program in Anchorage run by Cook Inlet Tribal Council is helping men do just that. Download Audio

Anchorage's new homelessness action plan will focus on providing 300 units of permanent housing scattered through out the entire city for adults living in camps and on the street in the next three years. Download Audio