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

Zoe Sobel/KUCB

This week, Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a bill that provides permanent fund dividends of $1,600, while maintaining vetoes on funding for programs like Medicaid and the Alaska Marine Highway System. 

With the budget now set, communities across the Aleutian chain are bracing for the effects of statewide cuts — some passed by the Legislature, others imposed through the governor's vetoes.

Newscast: 08/20/19

Aug 20, 2019

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget cuts at least $587,000 in state funding to Unalaska; U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan is visiting Unalaska on Wednesday; and a 50-year-old message in a bottle has washed up on the shores of western Alaska.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

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

Melanee Tiura will start work Sept. 1, after moving with her family from Michigan. 

"She's had experience in Alaska," said Will Rodgers, interim CEO at Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS). "She was actually a member of the board of the Alaska Primary Care Association."

Tiura previously worked at the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation between 2010 and 2014.

Newscast: 08/19/19

Aug 19, 2019

Unalaska's health clinic has hired a new CEO; Gov. Mike Dunleavy is expected to sign the state operating budget Monday afternoon; and 5 p.m. is the filing deadline for Unalaska's Oct. 1 election.

Newscast: 08/15/19

Aug 15, 2019

Unalaska's elementary school has a new principal; only two Unalaskans have filed to run for local office this October; and Gov. Mike Dunleavy explains his backtracking on the budget vetoes.