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Conference | Alaska Press Club



April 21 – 23, 2016 | Anchorage, Alaska

This year our Alaska Press Club Conference sessions will take place at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Public Media & King Career Center.

Become an Alaska Press Club member to receive entry to conference sessions. Membership is available at the conference registration table.

General $30 | Associate $45 | Student $10

Press Club Conference Schedule 2016 (PDF)


Alaska Press Club members can reserve discount rooms at the University of Alaska Anchorage Springhill Suites. You must use this link to get the discount.

Air Travel

Save seven percent on Alaska Airlines flights to and from the Alaska Press Club Conference. Use discount code ECMX026 when you book online. It covers travel to and from Anchorage between April 18 and April 27. You can also book through the group desk at 1-800-445-4435, but it costs $15. Use this even if you have a scholarship. It stretches those dollars farther.

Awards Celebration

Please join us for the Alaska Press Club Awards on April 23, 2016 at Williwaw in Anchorage, starting at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets! Cocktail hour at 7 p.m. sponsored by Thompson & Co.

Student Showcase

Please consider presenting at our 2016 Student Showcase at the Alaska Press Club Conference. Deadline: April 8, 2016


Questions or concerns? Email alaskapressclubinfo@gmail.com


Help make the conference amazing. It takes many hands to put on a conference and there are a number of ways you can help out. Volunteers will receive a conference shirt or a ticket to the awards banquet depending on quantities available.


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!


Cliff Levy | @cliffordlevy

cliffClifford J. Levy is an assistant masthead editor at The New York Times who oversees digital platforms. He led the editorial team that developed NYT Now, a new app from The Times. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and has received several other honors, including three George Polk Awards, the Overseas Press Club Award and the National Magazine Award. Mr. Levy previously worked as a deputy Metro editor, Moscow bureau chief, investigative reporter and political correspondent. Full Bio

humanities pulitzer

Thanks to the Alaska Humanities Forum for sponsoring 2016 Alaska Press Club Conference keynote speaker Cliff Levy as part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative (pulitzer.org/centennial).



Kim Murphy | @kimmurphy

lat-kim-murphy-assistant-managing-editor-forei-001Assistant managing editor, foreign and national news, Los Angeles Times. Murphy has overseen the newspaper’s international coverage since July 2014, and its national coverage since June 2013. She supervises a network of news bureaus around the world, as well as a team of editors and reporters in Los Angeles. A longtime foreign and national correspondent, Murphy has been posted in the Middle East, Europe and Russia, and has
covered most of the major world conflicts since the 1991 Gulf War.

As the paper’s Northwest correspondent, she wrote frequently about Alaska, filing stories in spots ranging from Prince of Wales Island and Ruby to Nuiqsut and Dutch Harbor. She is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting (2005), the Sigma Delta Chi award in foreign correspondence (1993) and was a finalist for the Michael Kelley award (2005) for her coverage of the Beslan hostage crisis in southern Russia. She previously worked at the Orange County Register, the Minot Daily News and the North Biloxian. She is a graduate of Minot State University in North Dakota, with a major in English and minors in French and journalism.

Zoe Chace | @zchace

zoe_0Zoe Chace has been a producer with This American Life since 2015. Before that, she spent eight years at NPR, starting as an intern, then working in the news division, at the arts desk, and finally as a reporter with NPR’s Planet Money team. Here is the answer to the most commonly asked question she gets: There is much speculation on the Internet about where Chace picked up her particular accent.

She explains that it’s a proprietary blend that includes a New England family, a Manhattan childhood, college at Oberlin in Ohio, and a first job as a teacher in a Philadelphia high school.

Boyd Huppert |  @boydhuppert

boyd_casualDuring his 32 year career in television news, Huppert has become widely known for his work as a video storyteller and teacher.  In his primary role, Boyd works as a reporter at KARE TV in Minneapolis, where he produces and hosts the station’s weekly “Land of 10,000 Stories” segment.  Boyd has also presented more than 150 visual storytelling workshops in the United States, Canada, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand.   Boyd is a longtime faculty member at the Advanced Storytelling Workshop sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and held each spring at Texas State University – San Marcos.

Boyd’s work as a reporter has earned some of journalism’s highest honors, including a national Emmy for feature reporting, the Scripps Howard Award, and multiple National Headliner, Sigma Delta Chi and Gabriel Awards.  In 2015 Boyd was recognized with his 14th national Edward R. Murrow Award.  Boyd is a 2016 recipient of the Sprague Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Press Photographers Association.

Erin Lee Carr |  @erinleecarr
attachment-1Erin Lee Carr is a New York based Director and Producer. Most recently, she directed “Thought Crimes” an HBO Documentary Films feature. The film was produced by HBO, Andrew Rossi and edited by Andrew Coffman. The film premiered the at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on HBO May 11th 2015. Variety named Erin one of the 10 Documentarians to watch in 2015.

Erin is currently directing another feature film for HBO Documentary Films. Erin and her work has been featured in the Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, IndieWire, and the Observer. The Guardian gave Thought Crimes “4 stars” and stated “[it’s] a compelling documentary…that raises uncomfortable questions.” The New York Times called the film “absorbing” and a “primer for the century ahead.”

Before HBO, Erin’s was a producer at VICE Media.

Ryan Kellett | @rkellett

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 8.35.39 PMRyan Kellett (姜宇東) is the Director of Audience Growth at the Washington Post. He oversees a team focused on social media, search, and distributed platforms. Before The Post, Ryan worked at NPR. Ryan is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont.




Jason DeRose |  @jasonderose

F4xyo6OaNPR News Western Bureau Chief, editing stories from Colorado to Hawaii and all points in between.





Julia O’Malley |  @julia_omalley

omalley-header-e1415389863163Alaska journalist and 2015/2016 Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage.





Richard Murphy 
051026murphy_richardRichard Murphy, a life-long photojournalist, was the photo editor of the Anchorage Daily News for a quarter of a century. A two-time Snedden Chair of Journalism at UAF and former Atwood Chair of Journalism at UAA.



Rasmuson Foundation • Alaska Humanities Forum • The Pulitzer Prizes • KRUA 88.1 FM • The Northern Light •  Alaska Public Media • UAA Department of Journalism and Communication • GCI • CoastAlaska • Better Newspaper Contests • Archive in a Box • Alaska Teen Media Institute • Anchorage Press • Alaska Commons •  KTVA • National Public Radio

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