We’re doing something a little different for this show. We’re switching over to television to talk about the new ABC drama series set in our very own state. “Alaska Daily.” follows an investigative journalist who loses her job at a prestigious national news outlet who then takes a job working for a newspaper in Anchorage, Alaska. 

The show stars Oscar winner Hilary Swank as the journalist Eileen Fitzgerald. It was created by Tom McCarthy, who’s script for the movie Spotlight also made him an Oscar winner. The show is inspired by the reporting of Anchorage Daily News reporter Kyle Hopkins. His series “Lawless” which provides the basis for some of the storylines on the show, won a Pulitzer Prize. 

In this episode, our ATMI producers got together on Zoom to talk about the first three episodes of the show. As with any movie or TV show that is set in Alaska, there can be a lot to get right and a lot to get wrong. Especially since the show was mostly filmed in Vancouver, Canada.

Roundtable led by Madison Dooley.

Hosted by Vega Nelson.

Music by Kendrick Whiteman and Devin Shreckengost. 


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