LISTEN: Weathering budget cuts and COVID-19, the UA System preps for a new school year

The University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. (University of Alaska)

COVID-19 has thrown higher education into turmoil. Fears over in person transmission of the virus means most instruction in Alaska’s University system will be online. State budget cuts, loss of research funds and the sudden departure of the University system president are also challenging education leaders at an already difficult time. What’s the outlook?

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Pat Pitney, Interim President, University of Alaska System


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Aug 25, 2020 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. 

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