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Host Lori Townsend was joined by UAA Atwood Professor Mark Trahant and Poynter's Rick Edmonds (not pictured). (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)
Host Lori Townsend was joined by UAA Atwood Professor Mark Trahant and Poynter’s Rick Edmonds (not pictured). (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)

The elections are finally over, although in Alaska, there is still uncertainty over the U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial race outcomes. Those race results will not be clear until more than 20,000 early, absentee and questioned ballots are counted next week. However, currently, former Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan is in the lead in the U.S. Senate race and unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker has more votes than incumbent Sean Parnell for Governor.

You can find Mark Trahant on Twitter @newsrimes4lines and @trahantreports or at his website, Trahant Reports

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HOST: Lori Townsend

GUESTS:

  • Mark Trahant, Atwood Chair of Journalism, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Rick Edmonds, media business analyst, Poynter Institute

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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.