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.

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Newscast: 11/20/18

Nov 20, 2018

Commercial radio has come to Unalaska — though not without opposition; the Alaska Senate has announced a new, all-Republican majority; and the U.S. House is slated to ditch a rule long dreaded by Alaska fishermen.

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Unalaska's teachers union is reporting a sense of anxiety as instructors prepare to negotiate their next contract.

President David Gibson addressed the school board last week on behalf of the Unalaska Education Association.

"Due to things that have happened in past negotiations, the association is approaching this round of negotiations with a bit of trepidation," said Gibson. "We're preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best."

Newscast: 11/19/18

Nov 19, 2018

Reporting a sense of "trepidation," Unalaska's teachers union wants to negotiate its next contract in public; Gov.-Elect Mike Dunleavy is asking 1,200 at-will state workers to resign and reapply for their jobs; and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she supports a bill to protect the Mueller investigation, though she won't force a vote by holding up judicial nominees.

Newscast: 11/15/18

Nov 15, 2018

Unalaska's school board is due to start teacher contract negotiations; Alaskans have one month left to buy health insurance on the individual market; and a new report highlights the number of cases of murdered and missing indigenous women, as well as the lack of data collection about their deaths and disappearances.

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Thanks to a new direct flight, Unalaskans are bringing food and clothes to their northern neighbors on St. George Island, some 200 miles across the Bering Sea.

The community of 60 people has already received dozens of boxes filled with canned goods, winter clothing, and spare blankets.

"I can't thank the people enough in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor for caring about us," said Mayor Pat Pletnikoff of St. George. "It's pretty amazing."