Alaska’s journalists have been reporting non-stop throughout the pandemic, contextualizing case numbers and sharing Alaskans’ personal experiences with the virus.

In this episode, we hear from Michelle Theriault Boots and Zaz Hollander, reporters at the Anchorage Daily News who focus on Alaskan health coverage. They spoke with ATMI senior producer Quinn White about covering COVID-19 in Alaska, how it’s changed the way they do journalism, and the differences between how people throughout the state have reacted to the pandemic.

They spoke over Zoom on January 13th, 2021.

Hosted by Danielle DuClos.

Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman.


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This episode was produced by our Youth Health Reporters Cohort. If you are an Alaska youth between the ages of 14 and 21 and are interested into reporting on local health issues, apply here to become a youth health reporter.

Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.

Many thanks to supporters of our podcast including John O’Hara, James McCoy, and the Alaska Press Club. The views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of our sponsors.


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