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.  

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The nation's sole heavy icebreaker arrived in the Aleutians this week for the first time since 2013.

The U.S. Coast Guard's Polar Star is preparing to patrol Alaska's Arctic waters, including the maritime boundary line separating the U.S. and Russia.

The Polar Star sits in the Port of Dutch Harbor. The ship is nearly 400 feet long and can break ice up to 21 feet thick. 

The ship arrived with 136 crew members on Tuesday for a pit stop 30 days into a months-long deployment to the Arctic to assert maritime sovereignty and security in the far north.

Newscast: 01/04/21

Jan 4, 2021

Unalaska students returned to their classrooms Monday for the first time in over a month; the State of Alaska is breaking from federal guidance by focusing its next round of COVID-19 vaccine on elders age 65 and over; and last week, anyone in the United States or Canada who pulled up a Google search would see the homepage logo replaced with an illustration of Elizabeth Peratrovich, an Alaska Native civil rights activist.

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Unalaska lifted its 'hunker down' order Wednesday, allowing Unalaskans to once again go into public and congregate in groups of more than 10 people. It also allows bars and restaurants to reopen to limited dine-in service at 50 percent capacity. 

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As 2020 comes to an end, KUCB's newsroom takes a step back to reflect and share some of the most noteworthy news that was produced over the year.


The onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March brought the closure of schools and public facilities, forcing people into their homes and away from friends and family.


Despite that isolation and a string of local tragedies, moments of hope and unity stood out throughout the year in Unalaska.


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The City of Unalaska lowered its local COVID-19 risk factor to "medium" Tuesday, following two weeks without a new case stemming from community spread. 

And the City Council could ease some of the island's COVID-19 health mandates at a special meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m.