2019 Alaska Press Club Conference

That’s a wrap! Thanks everyone for your participation in the 2019 Alaska Press Club Conference and awards banquet.

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webposter19April 25-27, 2019 at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Public Media.

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Conference Schedule: Press Club Program 2019 (PDF)

Awards Banquet – 7 p.m. Saturday April 27 at Williwaw – Buy tickets here

Visiting Speakers:

LakshmiSinghHeadshotKeynote Lakshmi Singh is midday newscaster for NPR. She joined NPR’s award-winning Newscast Unit in 2000.

Singh’s experience extends beyond the studio booth to domestic and international field reporting. From comprehensive coverage of the infamous sniper shootings in the Washington, DC, area to in-depth feature reporting on immigration from both sides of the border, Singh’s stories reflect the magic of radio. In her pieces, Singh tries to get the right mix of rich sound and descriptive narrative to transport listeners to a place hidden deep in one’s imagination.


Wilkison_headshotBrett Wilkison is city editor for The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, where he helped direct coverage of the 2017 Northern California wildfires, which earned the newspaper the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. He oversees coverage of local government, politics and environmental issues and acts as senior editor of the affiliated Sonoma Magazine. Previously, he reported from California’s Central Valley for the Visalia Times-Delta and from western Colorado for High Country News. He was a book editor for the California Coastal Conservancy and contributed as a writer to its magazine. He grew up on California’s Central Coast, studied history and journalism at UC Berkeley and, in 2005, with several friends, walked about 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Continental Divide Trail.


TedLandTed Land is a multimedia video journalist at KING 5 News in Seattle, where he shoots, writes and edits stories on a wide range of topics. He’s previously worked in Anchorage at KTUU, South Bend, Reno and the Chicago area, where he grew up.

He’s earned five Emmy awards for his work, and a National Edward R. Murrow award for writing. He won the 2018 Washington State Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Media Award for his segment “Washington teens help peers confront suicide epidemic.”


HelenRichardsonHelen H. Richardson, staff photographer for the Denver Post, has been lucky enough to have been sent all over the world during her tenure at the paper to document many large breaking news stories, including the 2004 Christmas tsunmai in Indonesia and Thailand, the bombings of the World Trade Center on 9/11, and more recently the devastating Aurora theatre shooting, the historic wildfires in Colorado, the 1000 year flood that destroyed communities along Colorado’s front range and the oil pipeline protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota.

Somehow she seems to have done a lot of sports photography and has been to two Olympic games. She is a passionate climber and thus has won an Edward Murrow award for a video she did on the first ascent of a well-known ice climb in Telluride, Colorado by a paraplegic climber who had only the use of his arms to complete the climb.

She loves and is best at breaking news stories and has covered many wildfires all over the west, historic floods in Colorado, and way too many shootings. Her love for firefighting, which comes from being married to a firefighter, led to an Emmy award winning video, called The Fire Line, about the dangers of wildland fires and the worsening outlook for the west in terms of these destructive fires.

She believes greatly in following one’s passion in photography and journalism which
she says will help direct and empower young photographers on discovering their niche in the world of photography. She is a huge animal lover and is always trying to rid the world of single use plastics. Along with her love of climbing, she loves yoga, being outside, hiking with her dog and always pushing oneself to be the best you can be every single day, whatever that means to you.



Ed Jahn is the Executive Editor for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Science & Environment team. He leads a staff of 13 reporters, producers, photographers and video editors dedicated to coverage of science, the environment, recreation, wildlife & rural issues on rad


io, television and digital. In his own career, Ed has earned 20 EMMY Awards as well as the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for Journalism, the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcast Excellence and two Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment. He is a fellow with the Institutes of Journalism and Natural Resources (IJNR), PBS/ CPB Producer’s Academy and the Society of Environmental Journalists. He also teaches media and science communication.


AlbertoArceAlberto Arce, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Snedden Chair, studied Political Science in Spain and after a decade as a freelance journalist, he joined the AP in February 2012 as a correspondent for Honduras and Central America.
For several years, Alberto was the only foreign correspondent to report from Tegucigalpa. He later joined AP’s Mexico City bureau and The New York Times as a senior staff editor.


He was also a 2018 Knight Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan.He has won the Rory Peck award for his TV coverage of the battle for Misrata during the Libyan civil war, a Fipresci


award for To shoot an elephant, his documentary about the Cast Lead Operation in the Gaza Strip, and the Overseas Press Club Award for his coverage in Latin America.He has also reported from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Venezuela. He has published two books: Misrata Calling (2012) and Blood Barrios (2015).


Bradner01Tim Bradner, University of Alaska Anchorage Atwood Chair, has worked in Alaska journalism since 1965, interrupted only by a period working with a major oil company and graduate school. He is copublisher of the Alaska Legislative Digest and Alaska Economic Report, and editor of Alaska Inc. magazine.

He is a regular contributor to the Alaska Dispatch News, Platts Oilgram, a McGraw Hill energy publication, and also writes for the Anchorage Press, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Alaska Journal of Commerce and Petroleum News.

He was a longtime staff writer and contributor to the Alaska Journal of Commerce, covering energy and state government.


Larry Persily, Columnist, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Publisher of The Skagway News, Incoming Atwood Chair at UAA.

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Student Showcase

Our 2019 Student Showcase at the Alaska Press Club Conference takes place Friday April 26 at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Email: rosey@alaskateenmedia.org for more information. High school and college students will present recent work.


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. Email alaskapressclubinfo@gmail.com.

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Past Events

2018 Conference

2017 Conference Audio & Video

Missed a session? Find clips from presenters here.