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, traveling, trying new foods and spending time with her husband and their dog, Layla.

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 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...

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...

We are a Fly Fishing Academy | INDIE ALASKA

The Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy hopes to educate, engage and inspire Bristol Bay young adults to become local leaders in river stewardship and prepare them for jobs based on healthy fish...

Interview with Billy Toien (L) Candidate for Governor | Running 2018

Alaska Public Media interviewed Libertarian Candidate for Governor, Billy Toien. The 2018 election is here and three primary candidates are vying for the title of Governor of Alaska. In this interview, hear from Billy...

Audiogram: The Visitors

As polar bears lose their habitat in the Arctic, they have no choice but to come to shore and try to live part of their lives on land. That means they come into the...

Audiogram: The Fishermen

For years, Alaska fishermen have worried that climate change would threaten their livelihoods - now, it has. In late 2013, a strikingly warm mass of water arrived in the Gulf of Alaska and stayed...

Audiogram: The Senator

As chair of the Senate Energy Committee, Lisa Murkowski has a significant role in shaping national energy policy.  She, more than most Alaskans, sees how climate change could devastate her state. But on climate...

Audiogram: The Village

The village of Newtok, in Western Alaska, is about to disappear. The land it was built on is eroding away, threatening not just the village, but a way of life.

I am an Alaskan Rapper | INDIE ALASKA

Different rap styles can vary from the West Coast to the East Coast, to down South; and in Anchorage, Alaska, rappers like Tayy Tarantino are creating their own unique sound. Tayy Tarantino started singing...