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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Newscast: 12/30/20

Dec 30, 2020

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; after months of mind-numbing and parent-maddening Zoom sessions, a number of Alaska school districts are nearing a return to some level of in-person classes next month; and the COVID relief bill signed into law this week includes hundreds of millions of dollars more for the fishing industry.

Bering Sea Storm Could Set Record Low Pressure

Dec 29, 2020
Courtesy of Rick Thoman

The collision of a warm, wet weather front with a mass of cold air from Siberia could set a new record: the lowest barometric pressure recorded in the North Pacific. 

That could mean hurricane-force winds and high seas in the Southwestern Bering Sea. 

"This storm is generating a lot of interest from weather watchers around the world," said climate specialist Rick Thoman of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Newscast: 12/29/20

Dec 29, 2020

A weather front developing in Siberia is expected to create near record low pressure in the western Bering Sea this week; Alaska's beleaguered ferry fleet has weathered 2020 despite some rough seas; and as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins across the state, people are starting to ask, "When is my turn?"

Hope McKenney/KUCB


A number of Unalaska bars and restaurants are being granted $30,000 each in CARES Act funds. 

The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to provide the relief to help bars and restaurants that were forced to close to in-person services earlier this month

Newscast: 12/28/20

Dec 28, 2020

A number of Unalaska bars and restaurants that were forced to close to in-person services earlier this month  are being granted $30,000 each in CARES Act funds; a new federal act will set aside funds annually to support fledgling fishermen, pending approval from President Donald Trump; and the Unalaska Public Library is once again open for curbside pickup.