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 Alaska Dispatch 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.

COMMUNICATIONS CO-CHAIR

edmugEd Schoenfeld is Regional News Director for CoastAlaska, a consortium of public radio stations in Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell. He has also worked as a manager, editor and reporter for the Juneau Empire newspaper and Juneau public radio station KTOO. He’s also reported for commercial station KINY in Juneau and public stations KPFA in Berkley, WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and WUHY in Philadelphia. He’s lived in Alaska since 1979 and is a regular contributor to Alaska Public Radio Network newscasts, the Northwest (Public Radio) News Network and National Native News. He was elected to the press club board in May of 2010.

COMMUNICATIONS CO-CHAIR

kyle-mug-twoKyle Hopkins is digital director and a managing editor for KTUU-Channel 2. He previously worked at the Anchorage Daily News covering rural Alaska, the Mat-Su, politics and general assignments. He has worked as a reporter at the Anchorage Press, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, St. Cloud (Minn.) Times and Vallejo (Calif.) Times-Herald. A 2014 USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellow, Kyle is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks journalism program and an Alaska correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

BOARD MEMBERS

unnamedAndrew Kitchenman is the state government and politics reporter for KTOO in Juneau and Alaska Public Media. He has covered health care for NJ Spotlight, state government for NJBIZ and local government and schools for The Times of Trenton. He graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

 

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 a producer at KTUU Channel 2 News. She has also run the assignment desk 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.

 

bethmugBeth Peak is a photojournalist at KTVA in Anchorage. Her journalism career began in Bowling Green, KY as a video editor and sports photographer at WBKO. Later, she moved to KOAA in Colorado Springs where she worked as a “wire-and-fire” photojournalist covering breaking news. She moved back to Kentucky to work for WDRB in Louisville where she discovered her passion for investigative journalism; helping to expose a corrupt fire chief, racism in a police department, local smoke shops selling illegal drugs to teens, and getting questions answered surrounding an officer’s use of deadly force. She also covered major news events like the Kentucky Derby, the PGA Tour, The Final Four, Thunder Over Louisville, Muhammad Ali’s funeral service, and the scandal surrounding the University of Louisville’s basketball program.

STUDENT MEMBERS

Quinn White is a member of Alaska Teen Media Institute, a reporter for the West High Eagle’s Cry, and a freelancer for publications such as 61 Degrees North and Anchorage Press.

 

 

yungkimYoung Kim is a freelance photographer and current Multimedia Editor at the The Northern Light, UAA’s student run newspaper. He currently attends the University of Alaska Anchorage as a journalism and public communications major, with plans to graduate in Fall of 2017.