Alaska Edition: Judicial Council

Host Lori Townsend (left), speaks with retired judge Elaine Andrews (middle), and retired Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti (right) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)
Host Lori Townsend (left), speaks with retired judge Elaine Andrews (middle), and retired Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti (right) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)

One of your duties as a voter is to select judges for retention. Toward the back of your voter guide, you will find considerable information about those judges. Their basic biography-everything from their age to what communities in the state that they have been residents of. Their education, the political and government positions they have held, their interests and a statement from the judges themselves.

You will also find ratings of their service and recommendations by the constitutionally mandated Judicial Council as to whether or not that council recommends these judges are retained. Joining us in talking about the important role that the Judicial Council plays in vetting the work of Alaska’s judges are two people intimately familiar with the state’s legal system.

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HOST: Lori Townsend

GUESTS:

  • Elaine Andrews, judge, retired
  • Walter Carpeneti, Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice, retired

KSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 1 at 4:30 p.m.

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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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