Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media

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

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)

Sitka Man Sentenced For 2008 Slayings

Fri, February 5, 2010 A Sitka man was sentenced today (Friday) to 140 years in prison for the stabbing deaths of four people and the stabbing of a fifth. Ed Ronco, KCAW, Sitka Download Audio (MP3)

Linehan Murder Conviction Overturned

Fri, February 5, 2010 The Alaska State Court of Appeals today over turned Mechele Linehan’s murder conviction. Lori Townsend, APRN, Anchorage Download Audio (MP3)

Army Corp Denies Conoco Phillips NPRA Permit

Fri, February 5, 2010 The Army Corps of Engineers has denied the permit for Conoco-Phillips oil and gas drilling in the Colville Delta because it’s located in a wildlife habitat. Steve Heimel-Lori Townsend, APRN, Anchorage Download Audio...

Canadian Gathering Of G7 Nations Underway

Fri, February 5, 2010 The temperature in Iqaluit on Baffin Island in Canada was seven degrees above zero, farenheidt, this morning, as representatives of seven industrialized nations meet to talk about economic and trade issues. Patricia...

Rocket Tests May Be Night Sky Curiosity

Fri, February 5, 2010 A rocket deployed experiment being launched from Poker Flat northeast of Fairbanks is expected to be visible by the general public. Dan Bross, KUAC, Fairbanks Download Audio (MP3)

Researcher Finds Gender Specific Needs Unmet in Schools

Fri, February 5, 2010 A University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher says our education system is failing boys. Dan Bross, KUAC, Fairbanks Download Audio (MP3)

Sitka Appeal Makes National List

Fri, February 5, 2010 Sitka has been named one of 12 “Distinctive Destiations” in the nation for 2010. Ed Ronco, KCAW, Sitka Download Audio (MP3)

Alaska News Nightly: February 5, 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) READ MORE PALIN EMAILS RELEASED Ellen Lockyer, KSKA-Anchorage Thousands of pages of former...

MMS grants Shell Extension

The Obama Administration is giving Shell Oil Company more time to respond to comments on its proposed drilling plans for the Chukchi Sea. Libby Casey, APRN-Washington DC Download Audio (MP3)

Debating The Route For An Alaska Gasline

Development of a pipeline to export Alaska’s North Slope natural gas is on track. That was the word from state and federal officials who held a meeting in Fairbanks last night. Dan Bross, KUAC-Fairbanks Download Audio...

Sitka Homeless Lack Services

When people find themselves without shelter, a myriad of problems pop up. And those problems can be magnified when homelessness strikes youth and families. Ed Ronco, KCAW-Sitka Download Audio (MP3)

Historian Looks At Chilkat Religious Conversion

Naturalist John Muir played an unlikely role in converting Chilkat Indians to Christianity during the 19th Century, according to Haines-based writer Dan Henry. Casey Kelly, KTOO-Juneau Download Audio (MP3)

Endangered Sea Lion Population Stable

The population of the endangered western stock of Stellar Sea Lions seems to be stabilizing overall. Anne Hillman, KUCB-Unalaska Download Audio (MP3)

Buser Takes Maggie Treadmill

Maggie the elephant’s famous treadmill has a new home. Big Lake musher Martin Buser acquired the massive piece of equipment, after the elephant left for new digs in California.Lori Townsend, APRN-Anchorage Maggie the elephant’s famous...

Pete Kott Back in Court

Former Alaska lawmaker Pete Kott was in a federal courtroom in Anchorage again this morning (tues). He listened as lawyers sparred over his future in front of Judge John Sedwick.  Kott’s attorney is arguing all charges against...

Palin Fans Snap up ‘Going Rogue’

Former Governor Sarah Palin’s book “Going Rogue” hit the stands in bookstores across the country today.  It’s already a best-seller from pre-sales. In the nation’s Capitol, interest in the book is high.  However at a mid-town Washington, D-C...

‘Going Rouge’ Finds Its Own Audience

A few blocks away, Title Wave books hadn’t sold any copies of the book yet. But they did have one customer looking for “Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, an American nightmare” instead. The book is a collection...

A Personal Look at Homelessness in Sitka

A coalition of community leaders held a summit in Sitka recently to decide how they can address the issue of homelessness. Service providers reviewed what they offer, the police and fire chiefs addressed public safety issues. And...