The 2015 Alaska Press Club Conference took place at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Public Media, April 23 to 25.

Conference Schedule 2015 (PDF)

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Excited about the conference but only able to make it to a few sessions? Sessions are $10 each. Pay here. Or get a membership for $10-$45 and go to all the sessions you like!


Please join us for the Alaska Press Club Awards! We will start with a 6 p.m. cocktail hour sponsored by Thompson and Co. Public Relations. Then, the awards will start at 7 p.m. Purchase your tickets ahead of time to avoid lines at the door! The Snow Goose Theatre is located at 717 W. 3rd Ave. in downtown Anchorage. Hosted by KTVA's MJ Thim and KTUU’s Rebecca Palsha.Tickets: $15 advance/$20 door.


Jacqui Banaszynski | @JacquiB

jacqui3Jacqui Banaszynski worked in newspapers for 30 years, and now teaches students and professionals around the world. She is a Knight Chair Professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and a faculty fellow at the Poynter Institute. While at the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, her series “AIDS in the Heartland” won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. In 1986, her eyewitness account of the African famine was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting.  As a reporter and editor, she developed a specialty in deep stories that focused on the human condition, or on the human perspective of policies and issues. Her work has won national awards for business, investigative, social issues, environmental, human interest and sports journalism.



Samantha Farinella | Hunting in Wartime

Samantha Farinella is a New York City-based filmmaker and founder of One Angry Woman Productions. Her first feature documentary, Left Lane, won eight awards including honors in New Zealand, Paris and New York. It was featured in over forty festivals including Galway’s International Film Festival, Frameline in San Francisco and Out in Africa (South Africa’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival).Farinella has raised over $75,000 for her latest project, Hunting in Wartime. She also has extensive television production experience, having produced award-winning behind the scenes and promo spots for numerous series including South Of Nowhere and Degrassi: The Next Generation on Teen Nick. In addition, Farinella has many accomplishments in field production and videography with networks including MTV, Spike, The History Channel, Animal Planet and PBS.

Stephanie Foo | @imontheradio

Stephanie Foo is a producer at This American Life, where she tells stories through radio and video. Prior to that, she was one of the original producers of NPR’s Snap Judgment,where she helped develop the show’s unique style and sound. Her work has also aired on shows like 99% Invisible and Radiolab.


Mary Hudetz | @marymhudetz

Mary Hudetz, based in Phoenix, is editor-in-chief of Native Peoples Magazine and president of the Native American Journalists Association.
She is a former editor on The Associated Press’ West Regional Desk in Phoenix, where she edited and filed national breaking news stories and daily stories on a broad range of topics in states from the Rocky Mountains to Alaska to Hawaii. She also worked with an editorial team to develop stories specifically about Native issues and communities. Most recently, she also contributed to The Washington Post’s She the People, a blog focused on women in the news, politics and culture, and Al Jazeera America online. She is a graduate of Fordham University and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota.

Erin Hennessey | @erininsea

Hennessey is news director at KPLU-FM, which serves Seattle, Tacoma and much of the rest of The Puget Sound. She took over the newsroom in 1996, after five years as KPLU’s All Things Considered host and reporter. Erin is a native of Spokane and a graduate of the University of Washington and London’s City University – Center for Journalism Studies. She’s also worked in the film industry and as a print journalist in London and New York.

Abraham Hyatt | @abrahamhyatt

Hyattis a contributing editor at Circa and the editor and co-founder of Oakland Police Beat, which was named as a finalist for an Online Journalism Award for explanatory reporting in 2014. Police Beat is an independent, data-driven investigative journalism project funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Fund for Investigative Journalism.


Katherine Lanpher | @kathlanpher


An award-winning broadcaster and journalist, Katherine Lanpher is the Senior Online Features Editor for Al Jazeera America in New York, overseeing a staff of five and scores of freelance writers around the world. She is a past host of “America Abroad,” a monthly documentary on foreign policy issues distributed by PRI/NPR Worldwide and heard on 200 stations domestically, with nearly a million listeners on the rest of the globe. In 2008, Lanpher received a Gracie Award for best national radio magazine show from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television for her work as host and creator of “More Time,” an hour-long magazine-format radio show that broadcast on XM Satellite Radio. She serve as the co-host of “The Al Franken Show,” as heard on Air America Radio and seen on the Sundance Channel. Prior to that, she was the host of “Midmorning,” a daily two-hour talk show on Minnesota Public Radio. Her other broadcast efforts include a financial podcast for and guest host stints on WNYC in New York and WBEZ in Chicago. Her opeds, travel pieces and essays have appeared in the New York Times, MORE, Marie-Claire, and Paris Review Daily.

Marianne McCune | @mariannemccune

Marianne McCune

Marianne McCune has spent most of the last decade and a half reporting in New York for NPR (most recently, Planet Money) and WNYC. She has followed her stories from the nooks and crannies of Brooklyn and the Bronx to Pakistan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Colombia and elsewhere. McCune is also the founder and longtime editor of Radio Rookies, WNYC’s award-winning series of stories from New York teenagers. Currently, she’s living in San Francisco and experimenting with a new medium: audio walks with a company called Detour.

Judy Muller | @judusc

Award-winning broadcast journalist Judy Muller is a professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Previously, she was a correspondent for ABC News for fifteen years, reporting for such broadcasts as World News with Peter Jennings, Nightline and 20/20. From 1980 to 1990, she was a correspondent for CBS News, reporting for the radio network and for the television broadcast Sunday Morning. She is also a commentator for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and APR’s “Marketplace Money”. In recent years, she has been a contributing correspondent to KCET TV’s “SoCal Connected,” where her reporting has won numerous honors, including a George Foster Peabody award, a Columbia DuPont, an Emmy and two Golden MICs. She is currently a contributing correspondent for Al Jazeera America and PBS NewsHour. Her latest book, about weekly newspapers in America, is entitled “Emus Loose in Egnar: Big Stories from Small Towns” (July, 2011, Univ. of Nebraska Press). She is also the author of “Now This – Radio, Television and the Real World” (April, 2000, Putnam). Muller has also written for numerous publications, including Sports Illustrated and the New York Times Magazine.

Lam Thuy Vo | @lamthuyvo

Vo strives to bring nuance and clarity to economic issues in the U.S. and abroad with whatever media is best suited to tell a story. Her jobs have allowed her to explore stories around the globe on various platforms. Currently, she’s the interactive editor for Al Jazeera America, where she runs a team of coder-journalists and covers poverty-related stories. Previously, she’s worked as a visual journalist for NPR’s Planet Money and as the editorial lead for The Wall Street Journal’s video operations in Asia.


Note from the Alaska Press Club Board:

Our most sincere condolences to the family and New York Times colleagues of David Carr, who died unexpectedly. He was scheduled to give the keynote speech at our conference in April.

From the Times article: “David Carr, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become a name-brand media columnist at The New York Times, and the star of “Page One,” a documentary about the newspaper, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58.”

Here is the bio he submitted for his planned 2015 Alaska Press Club Conference talk.

Atwood Foundation • Recover Alaska Journalism Project Fund at The Alaska Community Foundation • Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission • Content Producers Guild • Alaska Public Media • UAA Department of Journalism and Public Communications • GCI • Thompson & Co. Public Relations • CoastAlaska • Anchorage Press • Better Newspaper Contest • Archive in a Box • PRSA • Alaska Teen Media Institute.  

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