Formidable women of Alaska

Alaskan women love adventures and challenges in the outdoors. The stories on our next show will focus on some epic adventures and projects that are led by Alaskan women. In the first segment of the show, we’ll be talking with Lee Hart and Jill Simek. Lee produced the short film Blue about a little girl in Valdez who dreams of riding a fat bike in the mountains. Jill was one of the riders in the film. In the second segment, we’ll chat with Lael Wilcox, an internationally known endurance cyclist from Anchorage. She’ll catch us up on what she has been doing since the last time she was on Outdoor Explorer two years ago.

HOST: Lisa Keller


Segment 1: Producer Lee Hart and rider Jill Simek: short film Blue
Segment 2: Lael Wilcox, endurance cyclist


BROADCAST: Thursday, June 6th, 2019. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, June 6th, 2019. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, Alaska Public Media
Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, was the Audio Media Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He now produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or All Things Considered and can still find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!