Valerie Kern

Valerie Kern
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Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV/Radio Broadcast Journalist where she got the opportunity to travel around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, and Australia reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, backpacking, learning piano, yoga, and trying new foods.
Lori Townsend talks with experts on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women in Alaska.

Addressing the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women in Alaska | Alaska Insight

https://youtu.be/vlZkZBCN3FA Alaska has some of the highest rates in the country of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. After years of organizing around the issue, advocates...
Founder of Moose Mamas bottle feeds a baby. moose.

Rescuing baby moose may be the best job in Alaska | INDIE ALASKA

https://youtu.be/t9eirCrD4M8 For 6 years now, Dana Debernardi has been running Moose Mamas, a nonprofit committed to rescuing, raising, and releasing orphaned moose calves in interior Alaska.

Debate for the State 2020 – U.S. House and Senate

https://youtu.be/ZzNCfp4XCLU The U.S. House Debate between Rep. Don Young and Alyse Galvin happened at Alaska Public Media on Thursday Oct. 22, 2020.
Boat Captain looks off in the distance. Boat moves on water. Man holds halibut.

An Alaska Fisherman’s Guide to Tragedy and Redemption | INDIE ALASKA

https://youtu.be/HBgW-kWTPSQ Jody Mason has been a halibut fishing guide out of Whittier, Alaska for over 20 years with his company, Alaskan 4 Star Charters. After a traumatic...
Two bearded men pose in the Mr. Fur Face Beard Competition.

What’s it take to win Alaska’s fiercely contentious beard competition? | INDIE ALASKA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To2JBuFR2VQ Bearded men and women from around the country gather in Anchorage every winter during the Fur Rendezvous to compete in the Mr. Fur Face competition. Adam...

Making Music with Glaciers and Snow | INDIE ALASKA

Matthew Burtner is using his experience as a music composer to raise awareness of climate change by making...

Where are they now? – The Shrimp Whisperer | INDIE ALASKA

Al Laudert's shrimp photography was first featured on Indie Alaska in 2016 and has...

Running the largest commercial farm in rural Alaska | INDIE ALASKA

Tim Meyers and his wife Lisa run Meyers Farm in Bethel, Alaska. What started...

A community discussion on immigration in Alaska | Alaska Insight Web Extra

Alaska is home to some of the most diverse neighborhoods and schools in America. Immigrants play a large...

Reviving the art of making Iñupiat Mukluks | INDIE ALASKA

Mukluks are traditional boots worn by indigenous Arctic people around the world. Their successful...

Living off the Land in an Alaskan Iñupiaq Community | INDIE ALASKA

About 60 miles North of the Arctic Circle is the small village of Noatak....

Exploring Alaska Through Pottery | INDIE ALASKA

What started as a fun, childhood hobby has now turned into a blooming business...

Finding the Skateboard Scene in Alaska’s Largest City | INDIE ALASKA

With long, dark winters and temperatures often dipping below freezing, most people might not...

Making Delicious Jelly from Spruce Trees | INDIE ALASKA

Alaska in the spring is a blossoming green wonderland to harvest and forage for wild edible plants. Lisa Brandstetter takes advantage of...

We are an Improv Troupe | INDIE ALASKA

Scared Scriptless is the longest running improv comedy troupe in Alaska. They routinely perform sold out shows to a devoted local audience....

We are Chaga Harvesters | INDIE ALASKA

Gabriel Degange and Allison Dunbar are mushroom people. They first met at a mushroom convention and now, as a couple, they run their own business harvesting natural, Alaska chaga and growing gourmet...

I am a Fiddlehead Forager | INDIE ALASKA

The 49th State has an abundance of edible wild plants, but some people might think of Alaska's wild berries or mushrooms before they'd consider...

I am the Karaoke King | INDIE ALASKA

Kelly Terry had no formal experience when he volunteered to operate the DJ booth for karaoke night at Asia Garden Restaurant in 1994. After more than 20 years in the position, he is now...

I am an Ice Hockey Star | INDIE ALASKA

You can't talk about Alaska without mentioning hockey. Guadalupe Martinez has been playing indoor, outdoor and pond hockey for years now, thanks to the help from the Scotty Gomez Foundation. As any hockey player knows,...

I am a Splitboarder | INDIE ALASKA

Mikey Cuadrado has been snowboarding for more than a decade, but for the last seven years he's fallen in love with the unique sport of splitboarding. When he couldn't fight his feelings for splitboarding...