LISTEN: A reporter charted the harm caused by abusive priests in Alaska, a survivor lived through it

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Saint Joseph Catholic Church as seen from Main Street in Nome, Alaska in 1999. (Photo courtesy Jerzy Strzelecki via WikiCommons)

The legacy of sexual abuse perpetrated by Jesuit priests against Alaskans in rural villages has haunted families and communities for decades. Shame and fear kept many victims silent for years but courageous voices brought light to the crimes. An investigative series tracked some of the worst offenders from Alaska to a retirement compound outside of the state. We’ll discuss the investigation and hear from an outspoken survivor on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend
GUESTS:

  • Emily Schwing, reporter, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Elsie Boudreau, sexual assault survivor

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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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.