SAVE THE DATES: The 2019 Alaska Press Club conference will be held April 25-27, 2019 in Anchorage. More info to come.

Thanks everyone for a great 2018 conference!

Find all the award winners, including First Amendment and Public Service Awards, here.

2018 Alaska Press Club Conference


April 19-21, 2018 at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Public Media.

Registration: Become an Alaska Press Club member to receive entry to conference sessions.

General $30 | Associate $45 | Student $10
(Which kind of member am I?)

Purchase memberships and awards celebration tickets here.

Full Conference Schedule is available here!

Visiting Speakers:

LaforgiaKeynote Michael LaForgia is a reporter on the Investigations Desk at The New York Times. He joined the Times in 2017 after working as an investigative reporter and editor for The Tampa Bay Times in Florida. Before that, he covered crime for The Palm Beach Post. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, in 2014 for exposing problems in a Florida homeless program and in 2016 for a series on one Florida county’s neglect of schools in black neighborhoods.

We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Alaska Humanities Forum for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.


Indhira_Rojas_by_Michelle_LeIndhira Rojas is the founder and creative director of Anxy magazine. For over a decade she has worked in the intersection of branding, editorial, and interaction design for The Bold Italic, Modern Farmer, Atlas Obscura and Medium. Rojas has also served as a facilitator, teacher, and mentor. She holds a Masters in Design from California College of the Arts and a Bachelors in Communication Design from Parsons The New School for Design. Her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine and exhibited at Pasadena Museum of California Art in Los Angeles, Calif. When she is not hard at work, she enjoys traveling, photography, and immersing herself in the arts. Her favorite place is the beach in Samana, in her home country, Dominican Republic.


Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star Marketing Photo, 10/14/2014.Tim Evans has worked as a reporter at the Indianapolis Star since 1997. As a member of The Star’s investigative team, he has reported extensively on topics related to child welfare, the criminal justice system, and government and institutional accountability. Evans is a former Indiana Journalist of the Year, and recipient of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Casey Medal for reporting on children’s issues. In 2017, Evans and two colleagues who uncovered a national sex-abuse scandal in gymnastics received the Tom Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. Evans worked for 20 years as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Indiana and North Carolina prior to joining The Star.


JasonLambJason Lamb: For the past five years, Jason Lamb has told the stories of Middle Tennessee as a reporter for WTVF NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, but it was Alaska where he got his start as a reporter, working for Channel 2 News beginning in 2008.

He has previously taught at the NPPA Southeast Storytelling Workshop in Atlanta and he will be speaking later this year at the Ignite Your Passion Visual Storytelling Workshop.

Jason grew up in Beaverton, Oregon, and graduated from the University of Missouri.


CatherineStewardCatherine Steward is a photojournalist for WTVF NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, Tennessee, but she knows Alaska well; she grew up in Palmer and graduated from UAA, before working at both KTVA 11 News and Channel 2 News.

Catherine has previously taught at the NPPA Southeast Storytelling Workshop in Atlanta and she will be speaking later this year at the Ignite Your Passion Visual Storytelling Workshop.


KeithWoodsKeith Woods is NPR’s Vice President of Newsroom Training & Diversity. Since 2010, Keith has led the network’s diversity efforts and has worked with journalists at more than 30 member stations. Before NPR, Keith trained journalists in writing, editing and diversity at the Poynter Institute, where he spent 15 years, five as faculty dean. He was a sportswriter, news reporter, city editor and editorial writer in 16 years at the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

His April 19-20 sessions will cover Sourcing for Diversity, The Power of a Question, and Covering Race, Identity and Diversity.


AlisonMacAdamAlison MacAdam is the Senior Editorial Specialist for the NPR Training Team, where she focuses on audio storytelling and editing. Alison got her start as a producer at WBUR. Alison spent more than a decade at NPR’s All Things Considered, including six as Senior Editor. In 2013-14, she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. In addition to her training work, Alison has recently helped edit NPR pilots and podcasts, including Code Switch and It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders.


RobByersRob Byers is the Senior Production Strategist for the NPR Training Team. Rob started his public media career at NPR and led the part of the audio engineering and operations team at Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media from 2008-2016. At MPR | APM, Rob’s work contributed to a Pulitzer and a Peabody.


APCSaraGooSara Kehaulani Goo is managing editor of NPR, responsible for the digital editorial strategy and staff. She joined NPR in 2016 after more than a dozen years at The Washington Post, where she served as Senior News Director, digital editor and national reporter covering major technology firms, the aviation industry and the intersection of Washington and business. She oversaw the integration of the Post’s digital and newspaper newsrooms. And she founded Pew Research Center’s data blog, Fact Tank.



Libby Casey is the on-air reporter covering politics and accountability for The Washington Post. She anchors live broadcasts and creates videos about politics and journalism that air on The Post’s website, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Facebook and other social media sites.
She started her career in public radio at KUAC in Fairbanks, then made the move to the nation’s capital in 2008 as APRN’s Washington correspondent. After leaving the Alaska beat, Libby worked for C-SPAN as a host and producer of the morning call-in show “Washington Journal,” and then as a correspondent for TV network Al Jazeera America.
Libby is a past winner of the “best hairy legs in the Yukon” competition, and can now do her own passable TV makeup in 5 minutes flat.
Katie Orlinsky is a photographer from New York City. She received a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University, and began her career as a photojournalist in Mexico ten years ago. Since then she has photographed all over the world exploring everything from conflict, social issues and the environment to unique subcultures, animals and sports.
Since 2014 Katie has been working on a long-term photographic project in Alaska, documenting the transforming relationship between people, animals and the land in the face of climate change. She is the 2018 Snedden Chair of Journalism at University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Tim Bradner is a veteran Alaska journalist, formerly with the Fairbanks News-Miner, Anchorage Daily News and the Alaska Journal of Commerce. He is now co-publisher of Alaska Legislative Digest and Alaska Economic Report, and is the 2018 Atwood chair at the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Journalism.





heatherbryantHeather Bryant is the founder of Project Facet, an open source software platform that helps newsrooms manage the collaborative editorial process. As a journalist and software developer she is completely fascinated with the intersection between journalism, technology and class. Her journalism career started in Alaska where she worked as the new media producer and digital services editor at KTOO Public Media in Juneau. She took a brief break to level up as a programmer, teaching software engineering in San Francisco while starting Facet. Last year Heather was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University working to help newsrooms create and manage effective, meaningful collaborative partnerships.



Tulsi Kamath is a digital producer at the Houston Chronicle. She’s Alaska-grown and used to work at The Northern Light and later KTUU-TV before moving south.
At the Chronicle, Tulsi’s focus is on distribution of content and curation of the paper’s flagship website,
She also helps with social media, breaking news and producing and editing content.



Student Showcase.

Our 2018 Student Showcase at the Alaska Press Club Conference takes place Friday April 20 at noon at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Email: for more information. High school and college students will present recent work.


Questions or concerns? Email


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. Email

More to come!

Past Events

2017 Conference Audio & Video

Missed a session? Find clips from presenters here.