Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media

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Wesley is the web editor, Alaska News Nightly producer and education reporter for Alaska Public Media. He also produces Alaska Public Media's weekly 49 Voices program, AK's attempt to put every Alaskan on the radio. wearly (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8454 |About Wesley

Anchorage community gathers to celebrate Bettye Davis’s political legacy

Former lawmaker Bettye Davis retired from the Anchorage School Board at the end of September after more than 35 years in public service. In her tenure on the board and in the state legislature, Davis fought for education reform and helped break barriers for Black Alaskans and women in government. Listen now

Anchorage’s Danielle Riha selected as 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year

Today in Anchorage, Danielle Riha, a teacher at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, was honored as the 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year. Listen now

From Trump and tribes to Grammy-winning rock bands: Dunleavy and Begich receive varying endorsements

In the last week, both Mike Dunleavy and Mark Begich received endorsements from varying spheres of influence. Listen now

2018 Alaska General Election

Alaska Public Media's coverage of the 2018 General Election. See all of our candidate interviews and news related to this year's election.

49 Voices: Nolan Charles of Toksook Bay

This week we're hearing from Nolan Charles from Toksook Bay. 16-year-old Charles is part of the Toksook Bay Yup'ik dancers, who performed in the opening ceremony to AFN. Listen now

Anchorage School District enters mediation with teachers union over contracts

Teachers in the Anchorage School District are working without a contract, and in negotiations for a new one. The parties are in mediation Oct. 18 and 19. Listen now

Beadnose 409 crowned as the 2018 Fat Bear Week champion

There is a new champion, fattest bear in Katmai. Listen now

Anchorage School Board votes not to change school start times

On Monday night, the Anchorage School Board voted against changing school start times for the district. Listen now

Alaska tribes gather together to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska, and there are gatherings across the state commemorating and celebrating Alaska Native people. Listen now

49 Voices: Janis Stoner, the state’s first female land surveyor

This week we're doing something a little different and going back in time. Janis Stoner was the first female land surveyor in the state, coming up 47 years ago. Stoner lives in San Francisco now, but in her short six-year tenure in Alaska, she helped make history. Listen now

Engaging with culture: Native Charter School teacher nominated for Alaska Teacher of the Year

Danielle Riha teaches seventh and eighth grade at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage. Riha's career has been varied, transitioning from working in rural Alaska to helping open the charter school. Listen now

Sullivan undergoes emergency appendectomy, in ‘good health’ following procedure

Senator Dan Sullivan underwent an emergency appendectomy yesterday afternoon. Listen now

Showcasing your work: Eagle River art teacher nominated for Alaska Teacher of the Year

Jacob Bera is the fine arts chair at Eagle River high school. He has students at all levels, from kids who've never considered art as a hobby, to those who are just as passionate as he was in his AP Studio Art class. Listen now

Science around the house: Houston High teacher nominated for Alaska Teacher of the Year

Steve Hall is a math and science teacher at the high school in the Mat-Su town of Houston. Hall's style of teaching emphasizes a lot of hands-on learning. Listen now

Passion for identity: Mt. Edgecumbe science teacher nominated for Alaska Teacher of the Year

Chohla Moll is a science teacher at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. Moll's teaching style is rooted in making sure her students know about the culture and history of the land around them. Listen now

Serving your community: Sand Point teacher nominated for Alaska Teacher of the Year

Ingrid Cumberlidge is a third grade teacher from Sand Point. Cumberlidge has taught in the Aleutians East Borough School District for over twenty years, and her Sand Point roots run deep. Listen now

State and federal officials apologize to Alaska Natives for effects of bird regulations

Officials issued an apology for the consequences of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which prohibited the spring and summer harvests of migratory birds and their eggs during the 1960s and 1970s. Listen now

49 Voices: Bobbie Sue Wolk of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Bobbie Sue Wolk in Anchorage. Wolk is originally from California and was the state's first licensed professional coach with the International Coaching Federation. Today she helps health professionals manage their stress. Listen now

Anchorage School District begins Yup’ik language immersion program

A kindergarten class in Anchorage has taken the first step in a Yup'ik immersion program this week, with plans to continue all the way through high school graduation. Listen now

49 Voices: Rhiana Gay of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Rhiana Gay in Anchorage. Gay is a kindergarten teacher at Creekside Park Elementary School, and while most Anchorage students started school this week, her batch begins on Monday. Listen now