Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start in broadcasting at the age of 11 as the park announcer of the fast pitch baseball games in Deer Park, Wisconsin. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 24 years. She was the co-founder and former Editor of Northern Aspects, a magazine featuring northern Wisconsin writers and artists. She worked for 7 years at tribal station WOJB on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway Reservation in Wisconsin, first as an on-air programmer and special projects producer and eventually News Director. In 1997 she co-hosted a continuing Saturday afternoon public affairs talk program on station KSTP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Radio brought her to Alaska where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting. Following her work there, she helped co-found the non-profit broadcast company Native Voice Communications. NVC created the award-winning Independent Native News as well as producing many other documentaries and productions. Townsend was NVC’s technical trainer and assistant producer of INN. 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. Her print work and interviews have been published in News from Indian Country, Yakama Nation Review and other publications. Ms. Townsend has also worked as a broadcast trainer for the Native American Journalist’s Association and with NPR’s Doug Mitchell and as a freelance editor. 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. Townsend was the recipient of a Fellowship at the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting in Rhode Island as well as a fellowship at the Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley. She is an avid reader, a rabid gardener and counts water skiing, training horses, diving and a welding certification among her past and current interests. ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8452 | About Lori

Cape Fox Native Corporation Involved In Criminal Investigation

Saxman based Cape Fox Corporation is enmeshed in a criminal investigation that could have consequences for the Native corporation’s 8A government contracting status. Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Download Audio (MP3)

Chugach Management Corporation Assessed Fine

The Southcentral Alaska Native corporation Chugach Management Services has agreed to pay $822,000 for using cheap steel in security fences at McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma Washington. Associated Press Download Audio (MP3)

Proposed Ban on Leaded Fuel Concerns Aviators

Alaska aviators worry a proposed government ban on leaded fuel will impact flights to rural communities. Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau Download Audio (MP3)

Pebble Mine Opponent Visits Southeast Communities

A leading opponent of the pebble mine project is making his case against the mine in communities around southeast Alaska this week. Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan Download Audio (MP3)

Sealaska Corporation Launches New Division

Sealaska Native Corporation has started a new division to focus on economic initiatives in Southeast Alaska. Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau Download Audio (MP3)

Galena Residents Prepare for Possible Yukon Flooding

A 25-mile Yukon river ice jam threatening to flood the village of Ruby has broken and is now flowing. Associated Press Download Audio (MP3)

Sitka Brown Bear Cubs Killed

In Sitka, Two brown bear cubs were shot and killed by authorities yesterday (Thursday) after they were discovered near their dead mother. Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka Download Audio (MP3)

Frontier Airlines Begins Denver Flights from Fairbanks

Frontier Airlines begins 4 day a week summer flights between Fairbanks and it’s Denver hub today. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Download Audio (MP3)

Anchorage ‘Bike To Work Week’ Starts Monday

Monday kicks off Bike to Work week in Anchorage. Steve Heimel, APRN-Anchorage Download Audio (MP3)

Alaska News Nightly: May 14, 2010

Individual news stories are posted in the Alaska News category and you can subscribe to APRN’s news feeds via email, podcast and RSS. Download Audio (MP3) Nuclear Reduction Proponent Visits Alaska Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO - Juneau Alaska Senator...

State Says No to Education Funds

The state has again decided NOT to compete for education dollars available under a competitive federal program.  The Race to the Top competition was designed to get states to develop innovate education plans.  It’s in its second...

Anchorage Teachers Ratify Contract

Anchorage teachers have ratified the tentative agreement with the school district for a new three year contract.   Yesterday the over 37-hundred members of the Anchorage Education Association voted.  This morning AEA announced the results. Len Anderson, KSKA-Anchorage Download Audio...

U.S. Arctic Research Chair Resigns

The chair of the U-S Arctic Research Commission is stepping down, and plans to file a letter of intent today (Fri) to run for Lieutenant Governor on the G-O-P ticket. Libby Casey, APRN-Washington DC Download Audio...

A New Model for Village Housing

Plans are underway to build a new, energy-efficient, house  in the Coastal Village of Quinhagak (KWIN-AH-hawk), and the North Slope community of Point Lay.  The Engineers and the communities hope that the protype will do more...

A Big Electricity Rate Hike for the Capitol City

Electricity rates in the capital city are going up. Juneau’s utility company is proposing an 18 and a half percent rate increase to take effect next month.  It’s an interim step to a permanent 22 percent...

Coal Mine Access Road on Hold

Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials have put on hold a bid to construct road access to a Sutton coal mining site.  This week,  the Borough Assembly agreed to postpone a vote on a lease for the road to...

Talkeetna Copes With No Public Shower

Talkeetna may become the grubby capitol of Alaska in May and June, when smelly climbers trudge off Denali after three or more weeks without bathing. But the last public shower in town shut down last winter and...

NPR Reporter Reflects on His Alaska Beginnings

Many National Public Radio personalities got their start in Alaska. NPR’s one and only sports reporter, Tom Goldman, is one of them. He moved to Anchorage from Oregon fresh out of journalism school and worked...

Alaska News Nightly: May 7th, 2010

Individual news stories are posted in the Alaska News category and you can subscribe to APRN’s news feeds via email, podcast and RSS. Download Audio (MP3) State Says No To Education Funds Libby Casey, APRN-Washington DC The state...

Palin Emails Released

Fri, february 5, 2010 Thousands of pages of former Governor Sarah Palin’s husband Todd Palin’s emails have been released to the media. Ellen Lockyer, KSKA, Anchorage Download Audio (MP3)