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

Sarah Spelsberg

Unalaska is the largest community in the state without a critical access hospital, with a population of 4,500 year-round residents that more than doubles during peak fishing seasons.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, medical workers and politicians were unsure how bad the pandemic would get. And concern over the availability of ventilators — machines that help a patient breathe or breathe for them — intensified.

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Unalaska's clinic has developed a way to double its ventilator capacity; the governor's marine highway working group concluded that selling or giving away Alaska's state-run ferry fleet is not a viable option; and the PCR's annual Silver Salmon Derby ended on Monday, and several prizes were awarded through daily drawings and given to participants who submitted the largest fish overall.

Gerry Cobban Knagin

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking help from the public in its investigation of a Dutch Harbor-based fishing vessel that was lost off the Alaska Peninsula along with five crew members.

City of Cold Bay

Officials reported two positive cases of COVID-19 in the Alaska Peninsula village of Cold Bay over the weekend. This marks 11 confirmed cases in the community of roughly 50 people.

Upon receiving the positive test results, the unnamed individuals were placed in isolation, according to Eastern Aleutian Tribes, the regional tribal healthcare provider, which operates Cold Bay's Anna Livingston Memorial Clinic.

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