Hope McKenney

Reporter

Born in rural Northern California, Hope started as a reporter and producer at KZYX in Mendocino County. She then worked at Kichwa Hatari -- the first Quechua language radio station in the U.S., based in New York -- and KQED in San Francisco. 

She has lived in Bolivia, Peru, and Cuba, and is now excited to cover the beautiful Aleutians.  

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A small group of Unalaskans learned to identify bird carcasses last week in an effort to help scientists track increasing mortalities on Alaska's beaches.

The training was held by the University of Washington's Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), one of the organizations that monitored the state's fifth straight summer of mass die-offs.

Newscast: 10/09/19

Oct 9, 2019

A small group of Unalaskans learned to identify bird carcasses last week in an effort to help scientists track Alaska's increasing mortalities; a fight over cod in the Bering Sea is pitting two small Aleutian Island communities against large out-of-state fishing interests; and for rural Alaska, broadband internet service is vital for health care delivery.

Newscast: 10/08/19

Oct 8, 2019

With the fishing season starting Oct. 15, managers have released crab quotas for Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea; Melanee Tiura signed a three-year contract as CEO of Iliuliuk Family and Health Services last month; and tonight's City Council meeting will be the last session for Mayor Frank Kelty and Councilor Roger Rowland ⁠— two longtime local politicians who declined to run for reelection this year. 

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After a roughly seven-month search, Unalaska's clinic has a new CEO.

Melanee Tiura signed a three-year contract with Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS) last month. She takes over the position from interim director Will Rodgers, who stepped in after the resignation of former director James Kaech.

KUCB's Hope McKenney sat down with Tiura to ask about the financial status of the island's nonprofit community health center — and where she hopes to take it.  

Newscast: 10/07/19

Oct 7, 2019

Unalaska's mayor-elect, Vince Tutiakoff Sr., wants to focus on energy and the environment; Alaska's Fat Bear Week is here; and an unplanned power outage on Friday left Unalaska in the dark for more than four hours. 

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