Nat Herz spent almost a decade as a journalist, writing for the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Public Media. Then one day, last June, he quit his job and decided to strike out on his own.

He created The Northern Journal, a subscription-based newsletter that reports and provides commentary on Alaska’ environment, energy industry, government and politics.

ATMI producer Edison Wallace-Moyer sat down with Herz to talk about setting out on his own as a freelance journalist, the changing political landscape of Alaska, and issues relevant to youth.

Hosted by Jordan Kehl. 

Music by Kendrick Whiteman and Devin Shreckengost.


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