Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media
Liz Ruskin covers Alaska issues in Washington as the network's D.C. correspondent. She was born in Anchorage and is a West High grad. She has degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. She previously worked at the Homer News, the Anchorage Daily News and the Washington bureau of McClatchy Newspapers. She also freelanced for several years from the U.K. and Japan, in print and radio. Liz has been APRN’s Washington, D.C. correspondent since October 2013. She welcomes your news tips at lruskin (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  | About Liz

Impeachment witnesses? Murkowski still isn’t saying.

Murkowski remains curious about what John Bolton might say, but thinks it’s too soon for her to decide on witnesses. And the offenses she called out last week? She says they won't factor in her decision.

Trump administration eases protection of wetlands

The new rule redefines which waters are covered by the federal Clean Water Act.

Murkowski joins Republican chorus calling Rep. Nadler’s remark ‘offensive’

“As one who is listening attentively and working hard to get to a fair process, I was offended," Sen. Murkowski said.

Murkowski says she’ll vote against impeachment witnesses Tuesday. That’s not her final answer.

Sen. Murkowski says senators should decide later in the trial whether to call witnesses, so she'll vote against Democratic amendments Tuesday.

Nominee for US District Court in Alaska clears Senate committee

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Kindred’s nomination Thursday.

Plastics: US Senate takes another shot at marine debris

Save Our Seas 2.0 is sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan. It emphasizes outreach to other countries and includes a "genius" prize.

‘Disturbed’: Murkowski didn’t mean quite what you thought she meant

To partisans, Murkowski's ways don't satisfy. They say she zig-zags. But Murkowski sees herself on a straight line called "process."

Murkowski ‘hesitant’ to constrain Trump’s use of military force

Sen. Murkowski says she's not sure how she'll vote on a Democratic-sponsored War Powers resolution that would rein Trump in

Murkowski commends drone strike; Sullivan says Trump didn’t need Congress’ OK

Sen. Murkowski commends President Trump and praises the military for the attack that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani

State weighs in against Eklutna in Indian gaming casino case

The State of Alaska is trying to stop the Native Village of Eklutna from opening an Indian gaming casino north of Anchorage.

Murkowski’s statements on impeachment cut both ways

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is showing her independent streak as she discusses the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Two activists hold anti-Pebble Mine posters in a back row of the Wendy Williamson Auditorium during an EPA public comment meeting on the Draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.

Corps won’t require more fieldwork for final Pebble mine report

Other agencies have said the Corps of Engineer's environment review of the Pebble project lacks critical information. The Corps says it will delay its final report for three months to write more thorough answers.

Pebble foes ‘appalled’ Dunleavy sent a letter the mining company wrote for him

Dunleavy spokesman Jeff Turner said it's common practice for an administration to request "briefing materials" about particular projects.

Goldman Sachs becomes first major U.S. bank to rule out funding for Arctic oil

Other companies that restrict financing for Arctic drilling include Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HSBC.

Impeachment: Young votes no, and Alaska’s senators aren’t likely to vote against Trump, either

Alaska Congressman Don Young, like all House Republicans, voted against impeaching President Trump today, and both of Alaska’s U.S. senators appear likely to vote against removing the president from office.

Dunleavy lauded for fiscal discipline at conservative DC think tank

The Heritage Foundation billed Dunleavy as a fiscal hawk with lessons for Washington. The recall campaign sees it differently.

Russia’s military dominance over Arctic grows while US treads water, security experts tell Senate panel

Russia and China stepped up their game in the Arctic this year while the United States is just waking to the strategic power competition in the region, experts told a Senate panel.

Bill would give Alaskans an advisory role in Arctic shipping

A bill advancing in the U.S. Senate aims to allow new maritime opportunities in the Arctic while designing a framework that ensures safety.

Four key details in 2019 Arctic Report Card show extent, impacts of warming climate

As the Arctic warms, one effect magnifies the next, and a way of life is threatened.

Pebble’s owner reports growing deficit and doubts about its future. Again.

A spokesman says Pebble remains confident. The parent company says it's lost $40 million so far this year, and has a deficit over $400 million.