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.

An update on the coronavirus in Alaska | Alaska Insight

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered national and state emergency declarations. Hospitals and local governments across the state are working to prevent the spread of the virus.

Gov. Dunleavy has new PFD ideas and questions the feasibility of an income tax | Alaska Insight

Gov. Mike Dunleavy released his budget plan in December. It included paying out a full Permanent Fund dividend, but also left...

How educators and officials are dealing with the rise in teen vaping | Alaska Insight

While the youth tobacco rate has declined, one in four teenagers is now ingesting nicotine through a new, stylish product. E-cigarettes,...

Preparing for and preventing the spread of the novel Coronavirus | Alaska Insight

The novel coronavirus is a global public health emergency according to the World Health Organization and many countries, including the U.S.,...

Why forensic nursing is critical for fighting interpersonal violence | Alaska Insight

Proper evidence collection and documentation after domestic violence or sexual assault is an important step to help...

Training the next generation of women in the trades | Alaska Insight

Skilled trades -- jobs like welding, plumbing, heavy equipment operation and construction -- are attractive jobs...

How State Senate leadership is preparing for the next legislative session | Alaska Insight

Governor Mike Dunleavy released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year...

When drought came to the rainforest, Metlakatla adapted | Alaska Insight

Alaska’s vast geography features dramatic precipitation variation from the relatively dry...

Opportunities for Agriculture in Rural Alaska | Alaska Insight

Climate change is changing what Alaskans can expect during the growing...

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

Water and sewer infrastructure, something most Americans take for granted as a basic...

Alaska lobbyists explain how their work shapes laws and policies | Alaska Insight

Lobbyists are viewed as representatives of special interest groups that want to drive...

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...

How did Alaska become a destination for immigrants? | Alaska Insight

Immigration is a political hot button issue in the nation, with advocates calling...

PFAS contamination in Alaska | Alaska Insight

Found in various items from firefighting foam to household cleaning products and even food containers, PFAS are...

Restorative Justice: Past and Present | Alaska Insight

The word justice may signal a thought of punishment for a crime. But restorative justice tries to...

Jesuits Investigation in Alaska | Alaska Insight

The Catholic church has been reckoning with the systematic cover-up of sexual abuse among clergy members as victims began coming forward...
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Community health and affordable energy | Alaska Insight

The high cost of energy and internet in...

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...