KUCB KIAL Unalaska Community Broadcasting

Laura Kraegel


Originally from Chicago, Laura moved to Alaska to work at KNOM Radio, reporting on Nome and the Bering Strait Region. Now, she’s excited to cover Unalaska and the Aleutians while still living on the Bering Sea.

Ways to Connect

Newscast: 08/09/18

Aug 9, 2018

Hundreds of dead and dying seabirds have come ashore in the Bering and Chukchi Seas since May; Unalaska's new school year starts in less than two weeks; and reigning Yukon Quest champion Allen Moore headlines the list of mushers registered for the 2019 sled dog race.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaskans are fed up with the slow internet and dropped calls that define the island's telecommunications.

Brendan Carr said he got that message loud and clear during his Tuesday visit for the Federal Communications Commission. But it's unlikely his trip will produce concrete changes anytime soon.

Newscast: 08/08/18

Aug 8, 2018

While Unalaskans are fed up with slow internet and dropped calls, it's unlikely the FCC's recent visit will spark concrete changes anytime soon; the Alaska Legislative Council has voted to close the island's LIO office; and the U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a commercial fisherman who was hit in the head by a crab pot.

Lt. Jeff Mistrick // U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a commercial fisherman Tuesday after he was hit in the head by a crab pot.

Officials say the crew member was struck while the F/V Patricia Lee was fishing for golden king crab 190 miles west of Unalaska.

Air Station Kodiak sent two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews and an HC-130 aircraft to hoist the 27-year-old man from the vessel.

He was transported to Cold Bay and then Unalaska for emergency medical care.

Officials say he was in stable condition.

Newscast: 08/06/18

Aug 6, 2018

Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr is visiting Unalaska; the state is considering a carbon tax against companies that burn or produce fossil fuels; and absentee voting has started for Alaska's primary election.