Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye Passes Away

Senator Daniel Inouye

Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye died Monday at age 88. His office said he died of respiratory complications. The Democrat was a World War Two hero who became the first Japanese American to serve in Congress. He served 49 years, second only to the late Robert Byrd at 51 years.

During his tenure in the Senate, he was a close friend of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, an important supporter of Alaska issues and a champion of indigenous rights.

Senator Lisa Murkowski says Inouye dedicated almost his entire life to public service from his military work–to the senate. She says his loss is heartbreaking.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. 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. 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. 

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