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

Kenai Peninsula Fire Conditions Elevated

Elevated fire risk on the Kenai Peninsula has division of forestry officials concerned about warming or campfires this weekend. As Alaskans and visitors make their way to the popular recreation area for a long weekend of camping, division of forestry fire prevention officer Paul Pellegrini says one of the things campers need to be mindful of is the wind.

New Film Festival Looking for Entries from Alaskan Filmmakers

A new film festival is looking for entries from filmmakers who live or were born in Alaska. The Never Sets Film Festival is planning two days of screen in Anchorage in August. And instead of judges selecting the entries, community members will vote for their favorite films that qualify from three different regions of the state.

New Film Festival Looking for Entries from Alaskan Filmmakers

A new film festival is looking for entries from filmmakers who live or were born in Alaska. The Never Sets Film Festival is planning two days of screen in Anchorage in August. And instead of judges selecting the entries, community members will vote for their favorite films that qualify from three different regions of the state.

Lawmakers Debate Special Session for Coastal Management Program

Alaska lawmakers are being polled today to see if there is enough support to call themselves into special session to deal with the Coastal Management Program. Senate President Kodiak Republican Gary Stevens sent out the email to lawmakers. Senator Stevens was not available Wednesday, but Senate Majority Leader Anchorage Republican Kevin Meyer says if enough lawmakers agree, the session would be held next week on May 31 and would only take a day or two.

Nuclear Reduction Proponent Visits Alaska

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski will be key to a vote to reduce nuclear weapons worldwide when the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty or START comes before the U.S. Senate later this year. Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO –...

Plane Crash Near Willow Kills Pilot

Authorities say one man is dead following a plane crash near Willow in south-central Alaska. Associated Press Download Audio (MP3)

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...