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Hope McKenney

News Director

Hope McKenney reported for KUCB from 2019 until 2022. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2021.

In her time at KUCB she won an Alaska Press Club award, first place in the category of best profile for her coverage of the sinking of the F/V Scandies Rose.

  • Dozens of Unalaskans turned out Friday evening to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Across the country, Pride Month celebrations take place each June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, which started in response to police raids of gay bars in New York City.
  • Dozens of Unalaskans turned out Friday evening to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month; there was a major vehicle collision on Unalaska’s S-curves Monday afternoon; and the state’s health department has a new program to prevent opioid overdose deaths among workers in Southeast Alaska fisheries.
  • Nearly 2,000 tons of subsea fiber has begun the journey from Europe to Alaska and its eventual home on the ocean floor along the Aleutian Chain. The fiber — which is the foundation of GCI’s 800-mile Aleutians Fiber Project — would close the digital divide and bring high speed internet to homes in some of the most remote communities in the nation, including Unalaska.
  • One of the most sealed off communities in the country is under a hunker down order following a surge of COVID-19. Roughly half of all coronavirus cases recorded on St. Paul Island since the start of the pandemic have happened in the last two weeks.
  • Nearly 2,000 tons of subsea fiber has begun the journey from Europe to Alaska and its eventual home on the ocean floor along the Aleutian Chain; Celebration — the every-other-year gathering of Indigenous people in Southeast Alaska — kicked off Wednesday in Juneau; and a group of researchers is hoping that data collected from Gulf of Alaska's sea floor will shed new light on the environmental effects of bottom trawling.
  • St. Paul Island is at its highest coronavirus risk level, as active cases in the small Pribilof community rose to 12 on Wednesday; Sen. Dan Sullivan honors Mike Livingston and Gertrude Svarny as "Alaskan of the Week;" and Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of several congressional candidates in Kodiak over the weekend for the island’s Crab Festival.
  • The new strain of bird flu that arrived in Alaska with the spring migration has now been detected in a fox that died in the Aleutian Islands; a bill awaiting Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s signature has some Alaska seafood processors thinking of expansion; and Alaskans will soon be able to reach a suicide prevention hotline by calling a three-digit number instead of a ten-digit number.
  • Private George Fox — the only Unangax̂ soldier killed fighting in World War II and any war since — was finally honored for his sacrifice in a special Memorial Day celebration; early and absentee in-person voting began Friday for the U.S. House special primary election; and a panel of health and local officials will answer questions and talk about ways to improve Unalaska's healthcare system.
  • Unalaska teachers will get an 8% bump in their salaries over the next three years; the Unalaska City Council approved a collective bargaining agreement with the union that represents many of the city’s workers on Thursday morning; and as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state, health officials are encouraging Alaskans to renew their efforts to protect adults over 70.
  • Around 80 people showed up in front of City Hall Tuesday night, waiting to hear if the Unalaska City Council would approve new contracts for city workers; representatives from the Unalaska Native Fishermen’s Association are hoping to start a new fishery for smaller boats that they say would make it easier for more local boatowners to fish cod in the waters around the island; and a new whale identification program uses artificial intelligence to identify humpbacks by their flukes.