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

Coronavirus update, March 5: Eight negative tests, one pending; school districts weigh travel restrictions

The Anchorage School District announced Wednesday it has cancelled all school sponsored out-of-state travel through April

Female Denali Commission employees file discrimination complaints against boss

At least four female employees have filed civil rights complaints against the top executive at the Denali Commission, according to an Anchorage lawyer. Jason Hoke has been out of the office since Friday.

Wells Fargo becomes third major US bank to nix Arctic oil investment

Wells Fargo says it won’t finance oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That follows similar announcements by Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase,

Coronavirus hasn’t hit Alaskans, but economists here are bracing for impact

Alaska has no known cases of the coronavirus, but the outbreak has set off economic shockwaves that are already jolting Alaskans. But foreseeable outcomes are not universally terrible.

Behind the scenes, Pebble leaned on Dunleavy, pleading for its survival

Publicly, Pebble CEO Tom Collier radiates confidence about his company. His emails to the governor's office tell a different story.

What Congress and the Trump administration are doing to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women

A 2018 report highlighting the crisis of "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women" got the gears of government to turn.

Alaska’s US senators split on curbing Trump’s power to attack Iran

Sen. Murkowski was one of eight Republicans who crossed the aisle to pass a resolution restricting President Trump’s power to attack Iran.

Senate confirms Kindred to US District Court

The U.S. Senate today confirmed Joshua Kindred to be a federal District Court judge in Alaska.

President’s budget would whack Denali Commission, but that’s just a suggestion

President Trump's 2021 budget ( WASHINGTON, D.C. - Several large cuts to Alaska programs are included in the 2021 budget the Trump administration sent to Capitol Hill Monday.

Sullivan, after voting to acquit Trump, calls the president’s actions less than ‘perfect’

"I believe the President should have requested such an investigation through more official and robust channels," Sen. Dan Sullivan says

Murkowski: ‘The president’s behavior was shameful’

Sen. Murkowski says President Trump brought dishonor to the office, but she won't vote to remove him. 

Murkowski, whose Alaska supporters run the spectrum, has angered the left

Sen. Murkowski's support is drawn from right and left, ensuring she'll disappoint a lot of her base on any high-profile partisan vote.

Murkowski confirms she’ll vote no on witnesses in impeachment trial

Senator Lisa Murkowski announced Friday that she will vote to call witnesses in the impeachment proceedings before the Senate, putting herself among a minority of Republicans to support a Democratic push to extend the proceeding.

Reporter’s notebook: Tracking the inscrutable Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Murkowski talks to reporters about the impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday. (Jeff Malet/ Mitt Romney and Susan Collins have been a babbling brook compared...

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.