Entrepreneurs, workers and tourism-dependent communities face another summer without cruise ships. Will the latest federal aid package be enough to keep them afloat until next season? What else can be done to examine the state’s pandemic economy? Lori Townsend speaks with Mouhcine Guettabi, Associate Professor of Economics at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Executive Director of the Alaska Municipal League, Nils Andreassen.

Previous articleExamining the often overlooked role of women in Alaska’s historyNext articleAlaska News Nightly: Friday, February 26, 2021 Lori Townsend is the news director for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She began broadcasting at age 11 as the park announcer for the fast-pitch baseball games in Deer Park, Wisconsin. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 24 years. She was the co-founder and former editor of Northern Aspects, a magazine featuring writers and artists from northern Wisconsin. She worked for 7 years at the WOJB tribal station on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway reservation in Wisconsin, initially as an on-air programmer and producer of special projects, and finally as a news director. In 1997, she co-hosted an ongoing Saturday afternoon public affairs talk program at KSTP Station in St. Paul, Minnesota. Radio took her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native Fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting. After working there, she co-founded the non-profit broadcaster Native Voice Communications. NVC created the award-winning Independent Native News and produced many other documentaries and productions. Townsend was NVC’s technical trainer and assistant producer for INN. Through her freelance work, she has produced national and international news and reports for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR, Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Her print work and interviews have been featured in News from Indian Country, Yakama Nation Review, and other publications. Ms. Townsend has also worked as a broadcast trainer for the Native American Journalists’ Association and with NPR’s Doug Mitchell, as well as a freelance editor. Townsend has received numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association, and a gold and silver award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Townsend received a fellowship from the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting in Rhode Island and a fellowship from the Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley. An avid reader, a rabid gardener, she counts water skiing, horse training, diving, and a sweat certification among her past and present interests. ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8452 | About Lori