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

Senate passes bill to recognize Black soldiers’ efforts in building Alaska Highway

The state Senate today (March 6) unanimously passed a bill that would make October 25th African American Soldiers' Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day. Listen now

49 Voices: Kokayi Nosakhere of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Kokayi Nosakhere in Anchorage. Nosakhere is community coordinator for Anchorage's branch of the NAACP. Listen now

49 Voices: Zion Phillips of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Zion Phillips in Anchorage. Phillips is a UAA freshmen and president of UAA’s Black Student Union. Listen now

49 Voices: Jannelle Trowbridge of Nome

This week we're hearing from Jannelle Trowbridge from Nome. Trowbridge is a UAA student and Arctic Youth Ambassador who almost a decade ago sailed up to Alaska with her family from Michigan. Listen now

49 Voices: John Parsi of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from John Parsi in Anchorage. Parsi is an attorney and also moonlights as a member of various comedy troupes. Listen now

Alaska’s population increases slightly

On January 12, the Department of Labor released its 2016 report on population change in Alaska. The population has grown slightly because of births, but people are still moving out faster than they are moving in. Listen now

Anchorage man in custody for Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting

The FBI said an Anchorage man opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida airport this morning. The Broward County Sheriff's office said 26-year-old Esteban Santiago killed five people and wounded eight others. Listen now

Ft. Lauderdale shooter lived in Anchorage

A man believed to have been living in Anchorage opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this morning -- killing five and injuring eight according to the Broward County Sheriff's office.

‘Naughty’ Facebook locks North Pole Santa Claus out of account

North Pole resident Santa Claus --yes, that is his legal name -- has been living under that name for about 11 years. He was surprised when Facebook notified him that his account had been shut down because Facebook didn't believe him. Listen Now

49 Voices: Santa Claus

This week we're hearing from Santa Claus [Dan Bale]. On occasion he can be seen at Anchorage's Bass Pro Shop listening to children's wish lists during the holiday season. Listen Now

49 Voices: Sophie Leshan of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Sophie Leshan in Anchorage. Leshan is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to Anchorage in 2013. She will be the University of Alaska Anchorage's Fall commencement speaker on Sunday. Listen Now

Man indicted for January Point Woronzof murders

An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a 21-year-old man in a double homicide at Anchorage's Point Woronzof in January of this year. Listen Now

49 Voices: Ives Viray in Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Ives Viray from Anchorage. Viray is a professional break-dancer and is looking to open Express Dance Studio early next year. Listen Now

‘Most wanted’ child pornographer apprehended by Fairbanks Airport police

On Monday morning, Fairbanks International Airport Police Officers arrested 40-year-old Kevin Trask, who had been on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's most wanted list, and was evading police since 2012.

49 Voices: James Evans of Chugiak

This week, we're hearing from James Evans from Chugiak. Evans is a former US Navy photographer and will be graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage this month. Listen Now

49 Voices: Ma’o Tosi of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Ma'o Tosi in Anchorage. Tosi is a property manager at the Northway Mall and a community advocate. Listen Now

Anchorage teacher surprised with national award

An Anchorage teacher was surprised to learn today that he was the recipient of the Milken Educator award from the Milken Family Foundation. The Milken Family Foundation is a national group whose goals are improving education, public health, and medical research. The award is given to recognize teachers for their dedication to both their school and their communities. Listen Now

49 Voices: Darlena Fritzler of Wasilla

This week we're hearing from Darlena Fritzler from Wasilla. Fritzler is the Development Manager for the Alaska branch of the YWCA. Listen Now 

Anchorage man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a minor

On Wednesday, an Anchorage grand jury charged 63-year-old Paul Allen Harris on one count of kidnapping, two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree and one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. Listen Now 

49 Voices: Ronell Corral of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Ronell Corral in Anchorage. Corral is a UAA student and a second generation Filipino-American. Listen Now