Audiogram: The Visitors

As polar bears lose their habitat in the Arctic, they have no choice but to come to shore and try to live part of their lives on land. That means they come into the village of Kaktovik, sometimes breaking into people’s houses or food storage at the risk of getting shot. But it also means they are more visible and accessible than ever for tourists who are willing to pay a lot of money to see them before they’re gone.

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Valerie is a California native who joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV/Radio Broadcast Journalist where she got the opportunity to travel around Europe, Africa, The Baltics and Australia reporting on military events, exercises and missions. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, skiing, backpacking, traveling, trying new foods and spending time with her husband and their dog, Layla.