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.
A woman performs a break dancing move

Will this Alaskan be the first U.S. Olympic breakdancer in 2024? | INDIE ALASKA

Bri “Snap1” Pritchard is a b-girl from Anchorage who has competed and won breaking competitions across the country. She may be one of the first Olympic breakdancers.
A woman runs in a winter landscape

How Running Ultramarathons Saved Carol Seppilu’s Life | INDIE ALASKA

Carol Seppilu describes jogging with a tracheotomy as “trying to breathe through a straw while running.” She's even dealt with her trach freezing shut while running in the frigid winter temperatures in Nome, Alaska where she lives.

As Alaskans age, what options are there for staying in the state? | Alaska Insight

Lori Townsend speaks to David Washburn from the Older Persons Action Group and Jessica Parks from RurAL CAP to learn what's being done to address the increasing demand for elder care across Alaska.

Advocates for mental health say talking is the first step to healing | Alaska Insight

Understanding and discussing the complexities of mental health and wellbeing isn’t easy. Finding ways to open up about who we are and what we struggle with is critical to getting help.
Television host interviews guests over Zoom.

Tracking permafrost thaw will help Alaska communities better adapt to climate change | Alaska Insight

A new program called Permafrost Pathways has a dual aim of measuring greenhouse gas emissions and supporting community adaptation ideas.
Television host talks to guests.

Alaska law enforcement and health professionals take on fentanyl | Alaska Insight

Lori Townsend speaks to U.S. Attorney John Kuhn and Epidemiology Specialist Jessica Filley about the dangers of fentanyl and the work being done to help Alaskans find treatment for addiction.
A man in winter clothes pulls a crab pot from the Bering Sea.

Crabbing beneath the Bering Sea Ice in Nome, Alaska | INDIE ALASKA

Phillip Pryzmont fishes for crab beneath the Bering Sea near Nome, Alaska.
Host, Lori Townsend, talks to election officials.

Alaskans prepare for state’s first ranked choice election cycle | Alaska Insight

Lori Townsend talks to election officials to discuss the new Ranked Choice voting system.

How Basketball brings communities across Alaska together | Alaska Insight

Across the state, basketball serves as a healthy outlet for teens and a source of pride and socialization for communities in the winter. Lori Townsend speaks to players about the important cultural role basketball serves in rural communities in particular.
Show host, Lori Townsend, interviews guest on set.

Remembering Congressman Don Young’s legacy | Alaska Insight

Following Rep. Don Young's death, Alaskans and members of Congress are reflecting on his half-century political career.
Television host talks to guests via Zoom.

Mushers celebrate the 50th running of the Iditarod | Alaska Insight

The five-decade history of the Iditarod is a story filled with adventure, skill, triumph and lots of change, and it's best told by those who have experienced it, firsthand.

Talk to your Neighbor: Anchorage community members continue to encourage COVID-19 vaccination | Alaska Insight

On this episode of Alaska Insight, hear from your neighbors about why they chose to get vaccinated or not.
Television show host sits at desk and talks to guests over Zoom.

Housing providers search for solutions to overcrowding in rural Alaska | Alaska Insight

Alaska Insight host, Lori Townsend, talks to experts about rural housing challenges.
Alaska Insight host, Lori Townsend, interviews guests about teen safety online.

New Alaska documentary examines dangers for teens online | Alaska Insight

Alaska Insight host, Lori Townsend, interviews guests about teen safety online.

Alaskans advocate for state recognition of Tribal sovereignty | Alaska Insight

What does it mean to be a sovereign tribe and what would state recognition mean for Alaska’s indigenous nations?
A woman wearing a military uniform stands in front of a small plane.

Search and Rescue Airman uses her training to fly Alaska’s smallest planes | INDIE ALASKA

Jasmine Chavez is an Air Force veteran aspiring to be a bush pilot in Alaska.
Television show host talks to guest via Zoom on set.

Redistricting is underway in Alaska. But who gets to decide where the lines fall? | Alaska Insight

Redistricting is a lengthy process that takes place every ten years. Various draft proposals have already come under fire. Will the redistricting board be able to avoid litigation this time around?
Television host interviews experts over zoom.

Alaska is leading the nation in new farm growth. Is it enough to address food security concerns? | Alaska Insight

Alaska offers an abundance of wild foods, but when it comes to locally grown crops, we’re often at a disadvantage. What programs and efforts are underway to help lower our dependence on outside shipments?
TV host sits at desk and talks to guest over Zoom.

Alaskan Latinos discuss culture and an upcoming documentary during Hispanic Heritage Month | Alaska Insight

Hispanics make up a growing share of the population in Alaska, and their stories are intertwined with the state's culture. How has life changed for the Hispanic and Latino community through the decades?
Alaska Insight host talks with guest on set over Zoom.

Dinosaurs once roamed the Arctic. What can they tell us about adapting to a changing climate? | Alaska Insight

Scientists are learning more about how dinosaurs adapted to the climate in Alaska. Studying what these prehistoric giants left behind may reveal clues to help better adapt to warming temperatures brought on by climate change.