Board

The Alaska Press Club board is made up of 11 members and two student members*, all appointed in an annual election (as vacancies open) by the general membership. Every full member has a vote. Board members serve two-year terms. Officers are named annually.

The Board has the authority to declare Board seats vacant and to appoint members to serve until the next general election.

* The student seat on the Board was created by a vote of membership at an annual Alaska Press Club meeting, April 17, 2004. A second student seat was added April 22, 2017.

PRESIDENT

roseymugRosey Robards is the director of Alaska Teen Media Institute, where teens produce a monthly, public-affairs radio show and multimedia, online content. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in Journalism and Public Communications. You might recognize her name from publications such as the Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage Press and The Northern Light. She worked at the ADN as an Interactive Content Producer.

VICE PRESIDENT (Conference)

juliaJulia O’Malley is a freelance journalist who writes about food, politics, the environment and culture in Alaska. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and National Geographic among other publications. Before going freelance, she was a reporter and columnist for the Anchorage Daily News for nine years.

 

VICE PRESIDENT (Contest)

Annie FeidtAnnie Feidt is managing editor of Alaska’s Energy Desk. Previously she was a producer, reporter and editor for Alaska News Nightly at the Alaska Public Radio Network. She joined APRN in 2004 after several years at Minnesota Public Radio. Her journalism career began running teleprompter at CNN in Atlanta in 1997. In Alaska, Annie has reported from an icebreaker in the Bering Sea, followed a polar bear biologist onto the Chukchi Sea ice and spent days on a fishing tender in Prince William Sound. Annie’s stories have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and on the public radio program Marketplace.

 

TREASURER

VictoriaBarber2Victoria Barber is features editor at the Anchorage Daily News. She’s lived and traveled around the state as an editor and reporter for several rural Alaska newspapers—including Dutch Harbor, The Arctic Sounder in Barrow/Kotzebue, The Tundra Drums in Bethel and the Seward Journal. In Anchorage, She was editor for the Anchorage Press from 2011-2012. Barber was a 2010 Logan Science Journalism fellow and a finalist for the international Knight Fellowship award at MIT.

 

SECRETARY

TomMugTom Hewitt is the news director for Fairbanks TV stations KTVF and KXDF. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Tom received his journalism education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He got his start in professional journalism as a broadcast reporter in 2011 as the government, politics and court reporter for KXDF, Fairbanks’ CBS affiliate. In 2014, he moved to print when he joined the News-Miner as its opinion editor. In 2017, he returned to broadcast as news director for Fairbanks’ two local TV news stations.

BOARD MEMBERS

zeeZakiya McCummings is a freelance journalist and previous Staff Writer and Social Media manager at the Anchorage Press. Her work has focused on arts, entertainment and culture within Anchorage. She currently attends the University of Alaska Anchorage as a journalism major, with plans to graduate in Fall of 2017.

 

KortmugKortnie Horazdovsky is the Multimedia Content Manager at KTUU Channel 2 News. She has also run the assignment desk, produced a newscast, and wrote for and managed KTUU.com. She was born and raised in the Mat-Su Valley and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she wrote for, shot photos for, designed and was editor of The Sun Star, and had journalism internships at ADN’s Play Magazine and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

 

JanisJanis Harper (Demarest) is the News Director at KTVA in Anchorage. She has worked as print reporter, copy editor, video editor, teleprompter operator, newscast producer, live show producer, Executive Producer and Assistant News Director. Her journalism career began one week after she graduated from high school when she was offered a general assignment reporter position with her hometown newspaper in Sulphur, La. A few years later, she made the move to broadcast journalism. Her favorite assignments have involved sporting events: Kentucky Derby, Iditarod and Arctic Winter Games. 

Jen Pemberton NPRJennifer Pemberton is an editor for Alaska’s Energy Desk, based at KTOO in Juneau. Before moving to Alaska, she was a freelance reporter in Utah, covering environmental issues and politics. In addition, she teaches science communication workshops and is passionate about helping scientists tell their research stories.

 

LizRainesLiz Raines is a News Reporter and Anchor at KTVA 11 News. Liz is a lifelong Alaskan, but moved to Europe for her college years, where she graduated with a Journalism degree from La Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain. Before moving back to the 49th state, Liz worked with Reuters’ TV bureau in Brussels and Belgium’s French-speaking network, RTBF. At KTVA, Liz covers politics and rural Alaska. From 2015-2017, she covered the Alaska Legislature as part of the Capitol Press Corps.

Jacob Resneck is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau. He was elected to the Alaska Press Club board in April 2018.

STUDENT MEMBERS

 

Sam Davenport is a journalism and political science student at the University of Alaska Anchorage with plans to graduate in December 2018. She is the executive editor of The Northern Light, UAA’s student-run newspaper and has previously interned at ADN and Alaska Public Media.

Cheyenne Matthews is a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and staff member of The Northern Light, UAA’s student-run newspaper. She was elected as a student member to the Alaska Press Club Board in April 2018.