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

Governor, with help from Christian leaders, appeals to God to fortify Alaska in virus battle

Samaritan's Purse CEO Franklin Graham helped set the tone for Gov. Dunleavy's day of prayer and hope.

Alaska banks can’t keep up with demand for coronavirus relief money

The bottleneck is becoming evident just as the PPP opens to a wider swath of the population: Self-employed Americans and independent contractors are allowed to turn in their applications starting April 10, assuming they can find a lender willing to accept them.

5 things to know about business Paycheck Protection Program loans

Many Alaska businesses on the edge of survival are looking to the new Paycheck Protection Program for a life line. A lot is in flux, but here are five things to know.

Due to revenue drop, Anchorage Daily News cuts pay, lays off 7

ADN cut pay for salaried employees by 20% and cut full-time hourly workers to a 32-hour week

Alaska lags far behind rest of country on Census response

Alaska so far has the lowest Census response rate of any state. The coronavirus changed the plan, but Alaskans can still get counted.

What is the CARES Act and how can it help you and your small business? | Alaska Insight

Congress has now passed three coronavirus response bills that President Trump has signed, each bigger than the last. The largest and most far-reaching is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief...

Business bruised by COVID-19? SBA may have a $10,000 grant for you.

The Small Business Administration will provide $10,000 "loan advances" to companies hurt by the coronavirus. But you don’t have to be a traditional company, and you don't have to pay it back.

Why Alaska’s Rep. Don Young opposed ‘socialist’ coronavirus aid bill but would likely vote for it now

Alaska Congressman Don Young has only praise for the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill. But less than three weeks ago, he derided a much smaller relief package, saying it was stuffed with "socialist" ideas.

Alaska’s COVID-19 case tally notches up 5; Delegation explains new federal relief measures

Alaska reported five new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 119, Governor Mike Dunleavy said at an evening press briefing.

That $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill — What’s in it for Alaska?

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday night passed stimulus and coronavirus relief bill. The House is likely to pass it Friday and President Trump says he’ll sign it into law. Here are some of the provisions that could help the 49th state.

Outrage grows that many Alaska state workers can’t heed the call to stay home

State workers are worried about their exposure, and one union is suing the state.

Alaska’s U.S. senators vote for multi-billion dollar coronavirus bill; Rep. Don Young is absent

Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan support a major stimulus bill but were critical of President Obama's stimulus bill during the Great Recession.

State bans restaurant dining as Alaska’s confirmed coronavirus cases grow to 6

Three samples — from people in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Ketchikan — tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, doubling the number of confirmed Alaska cases.

Drive-through coronavirus testing to start in Anchorage

The drive-through is intended for people who have symptoms of infection and have a referral from a provider. It was announced at a presentation on Monday by municipal leaders and medical authorities.

Anchorage suspends restaurant dining, bar service

Mayor Berkowitz has banned dine-in service for food and drink at restaurants, bars and breweries. The order also closes gyms, bingo halls and theaters, and it bans gatherings of more than 50 people.

Former Alaska first lady Bella Hammond dies at 87

Former Alaska First Lady Bella Hammond was a commercial fisherman who took on her role as the governor’s wife without airs.

State restricts visitors to Alaska nursing homes

The State of Alaska is restricting visitors to long-term care facilities and nursing homes, to shield residents from exposure to the coronavirus.

Anchorage Assembly considers legal changes to help city cope with virus

The Anchorage Assembly will meet Thursday in a special session to consider new rules for governing Alaska’s largest city during a coronavirus outbreak.

Older Alaskans, those over 60, are most at risk and should take measures to protect themselves, state health officials say

It’s just a matter of time before Alaska confirms a case of coronavirus, state epidemiologist Joseph McLaughlin said Tuesday, speaking on Alaska Public Media’s “Talk of Alaska.”

On high alert for coronavirus, services to Alaska elders roll on

One subset of Alaskans is particularly at risk from the coronavirus: the elderly. Alaska facilities that serve senior citizens likely have tough choices ahead.