Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media
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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

Anchorage Police chief says his department is committed to ‘dignity and respect’

Chief Justin Doll says APD officers are taught to intervene if a colleague is out of bounds, and to report fellow officers for any misconduct they witness.

Developers of proposed Pebble Mine offer dividends to everyone in Bristol Bay, hotbed of mine opposition

Register now, the company says, and payments will begin with construction. "Shameless" says one leading opponent.

Your questions about traveling through Canada, answered

We’ve had several questions from listeners about whether they can cross the Canadian border to go to or from Alaska. Alaska Public Media’s Liz Ruskin looked into it and has a few answers.

Interior Department appointee violated ethics pledge, IG finds

The Inspector General's report doesn’t include names, but it appears to be about Steve Wackowski, the top Alaska advisor at Interior.
The Coast Guard vessel Healy is considered a medium icebreaker. Photo: USCG.

Trump advances icebreaker plan

President Trump is calling on his administration to get a fleet of new icebreakers on the water by 2029.

How can Alaskans go back to the office, and what’s lost if we don’t?

Can the corner office-dwellers let their masks down if the cubicle workers can't? Doing office in the coronavirus age raises so many questions.

As case counts rise, Anchorage mayor calls for renewed ‘personal responsibility’ to keep city safe

The virus is spreading within the community, with one cluster of 12 cases centered on a single household.
July 24, 2018 in Washington, DC

Trump vows to campaign for any Murkowski challenger with ‘a pulse’ after she echoes general’s denouncement

Alaska's senior U.S. senator today endorsed a blistering denouncement of President Trump, praised political courage and yet suggested she might still support Trump.

Another judge tosses land swap for King Cove road

A U.S. District Court judge has again thrown out a land exchange intended to allow a road for King Cove through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Alaska’s congressman missed votes last week. He could’ve voted remotely but he doesn’t believe in it.

Rep. Don Young missed all six votes in the House last week. He could've voted by proxy, but he's suing to stop the practice.

In showdown with Army Corps of Engineers over Pebble Mine, EPA blinks

The U.S. EPA has backed down from a confrontation with the Army Corps of Engineers over the proposed Pebble Mine

New fiber-optic line connects Alaska to Lower 48 by land

MTA has completed building Alaska’s first fiber-optic connection to the Lower 48 that does not involve an undersea cable.

Anchorage removes capacity limits on businesses but keeps 6-foot rule

Mayor Berkowitz says safety rules will improve confidence in the market. "We're not going to worry about whether establishments are 25 or 50, or 75% open."

Environmental watchdogs are raising alarms over Pebble and other projects. But is anyone listening?

A Pebble Mine foe found a video she thought would make headlines. It didn't.

Small business on the brink: Alaska faces a ‘generational loss’ as owners throw in the towel

Alaska businesses have received $1.3 billion from one federal program "That is a ton of money. And it still feels like it's not nearly enough."

What ANCs are doing to help Alaska Native communities cope with the pandemic

If the courts allow it, Alaska Native Corporations like Koniag will receive a share of the $8 billion Congress set aside to help tribes deal with the pandemic. Some tribal leaders say the corporations don’t deserve the money because their mission is profit.

Waiting to hear from the SBA about a coronavirus disaster loan? Murkowski has a tip for you.

If you’re waiting to hear about an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, take a look at your 10-digit loan application number.

Alaska’s fate in massive Paycheck Protection Program rests on the shoulders of local bankers

PPP is a massive loan-a-thon for Northrim. The bank has employees in roles they never expected to take on.

Yes, Alaska snowbird, you can drive home again. Please don’t touch the Canadians.

Canada is letting returning Alaskans through its border but “you need to be prepared to just keep driving," says Sen. Dan Sullivan.