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.

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What piped water means for residents in rural Alaska | Alaska Insight

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

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Restorative Justice: Past and Present | Alaska Insight

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Jesuits Investigation in Alaska | Alaska Insight

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Community health and affordable energy | Alaska Insight

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