Hope McKenney


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.  

Ways to Connect

Newscast: 03/31/20

17 hours ago

RavnAir Group is struggling to maintain its business as travel across the state has plummeted due to coronavirus concerns; the Alaska Legislature passed a budget over the weekend with nearly $5.5 billion in state spending; and a new study on the likely impact of coronavirus in Alaska is clear: to prevent thousands of deaths, strict interventions will be necessary for months.

Alaska Earthquake Center

A magnitude-4.7 earthquake hit the Fox Islands early Monday morning and was felt in Unalaska.


According to the Alaska Earthquake Center (AEC), at 12:21 a.m. an earthquake at a depth of about 53 miles hit 26 miles southeast of Unalaska. 

Natalia Ruppert, a seismologist with the AEC, said the quake was not unusual for the region.


"Last night's M4.7 occurred within a known source of earthquake activity," said Ruppert.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The Unalaska City School District will transition to distance education methods starting Monday. 

Earlier this month, officials closed all public and private schools in the state through at least May 1, in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.  

Newscast: 03/26/20

Mar 26, 2020

The Unalaska City School District has filled all but one of its teacher vacancies for next school year; the district will start implementing home-based education on Monday; and the number of known COVID-19 cases in Alaska jumped to 59 on Wednesday, up 17 from the announcement a day earlier.

Newscast: 03/25/20

Mar 25, 2020

The Unalaska City Council passed an emergency hunker down order for the island on Tuesday; Gov. Mike Dunleavy confirmed Alaska's first coronavirus-related death; and the Alaska Legislature has been working on a few bills in response to the coronavirus pandemic.