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Publisher

Alice is publisher and owner of Alaska Dispatch. From 1985 to 1997, she was chief financial officer of U.S News and World Report. She served at The Washington Post Co. as assistant to publisher Donald Graham, and she was the creator of the Post's National Weekly Edition. Earlier in her career she served in President Jimmy Carter's administration as special assistant to director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Alice is also the founder of Arctic Imperative, a lecture series dedicated to raising awareness of circumpolar north issues. And she is co-founder of a number of other organizations, including the Alaska Native Arts Foundation. One of her duties as Dispatch’s publisher is piloting her Cessna 206 in search of great stories and photos around Alaska.

Executive editor

Tony is the executive editor of Alaska Dispatch. He grew up outside Chicago, graduated from Marquette University and worked for newspapers in Wisconsin, Idaho and California before heading to Alaska in 1999. He was a newspaper reporter in Anchorage until 2005. Over the next few years, he freelanced stories on such topics as dying villages, corrupt oilmen and Arctic development, his work appearing in Newsweek, The Walrus and other publications. He was a correspondent for Bloomberg News in the mid-2000s and is the co-author of "Crude Awakening: Money Mavericks and Mayhem in Alaska."

Executive Vice President

Voted Alaskan of the Year in 2013 by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. 3 terms Mayor of Cordova. Former President of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce (first woman) 15 year board member of First National Bank Alaska. Former Director of International Trade for State of Alaska. 10 year Board Member Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Council. (Formed after the Exxon Valdez) Advisory Board for BP Alaska and Alyeska President's Advisory Board. Her hobbies include studying and living Alaska history, discussing public policy, and hosting elaborate high tea events (formerly called tea parties). Margy also is passionate about promoting responsible resource development, collecting Alaska Native art, and collecting and wearing vintage hats. She is a Lifetime member of Pioneers of Alaska and is mother to one nearly-perfect son and a perfect daughter in law.

Managing editor

In 35 years as a journalist in Alaska, Mike has been an editor and reporter, including a stint as assistant managing editor of the Anchorage Daily News and his current job as managing editor of Alaska Dispatch. He was part of a team that won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for "A People In Peril," a series chronicling the effect of alcohol abuse in Alaska, and he supervised the Daily News photo department that was a Pulitzer finalist in 1990. He was also a photo editor at Sports Illustrated magazine

Assistant managing editor

Scott is a lifelong Alaskan who hasn't always lived in Alaska. He has written and edited for newsweeklies in Alaska and Wyoming, has taught college and university composition courses, and was inducted into The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for his dedication to adult literacy. His poems have appeared in New Madrid, Ice Floe, and Rough Draft, and he has been part of Alaska Dispatch since its inception. Since 2009, Scott has filled numerous roles at Dispatch, including editorial writer, Alaska Beat editor, commentary editor, news editor and assistant managing editor -- his current role.

Assistant managing editor

An early contributor who first joined the staff as an editor in 2009, Maia returned to Alaska Dispatch in 2013 after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus. Born in Fairbanks and raised in Anchorage, Maia has written and edited for numerous Alaska publications, taught English at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and served as a member of the Alaska Press Club board. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Portland and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from UAA. Maia lives in Anchorage with her husband and their daughter, who is a fourth-generation Alaskan.

Associate editor

Ben is an (almost) lifelong Alaskan and graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage who joined Alaska Dispatch as an intern in 2010. Though he started in features, he now reports on every facet of life in Alaska, from rural issues to politics, science, and even occasional forays into Alaska's mysterious paranormal phenomena. In 2011, he won first place in the best general reporting category at the Alaska Press Club and Best of the West journalism contests for his story on a controversy-plagued airport in the remote Aleutian Islands community of Akutan. He lives with his wife and two dogs in a home overlooking Anchorage's Chester Creek.

Reporter

Laurel was born in Bethel and grew up playing in the woods in Fairbanks. She moved to Anchorage in May 2012; now she marvels at the mudflats of Alaska’s largest city. She graduated cum laude from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. in 2007 with a B.A. in international relations. She loves to travel, and has lived in New Zealand and France. When she’s not writing, she spends her time playing music, snapping photos and generally living it up in the frozen north.

Reporter

Jill has been a reporter in Alaska for a decade, first as a broadcaster for the CBS and NBC affiliates in Anchorage before jumping ship in 2009 to write for Alaska Dispatch. She reports on a wide range of topics, from rural Alaska to businesses to politics to social issues. Although she thinks the title investigative journalist is overused, Jill enjoys digging through documents, nosing through public databases, and even writing her own court filings to obtain information. Covering the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual favorite of hers, as is traveling beyond Anchorage to take in the rest of the state. Jill lives and works in Anchorage with her family, two dogs and a menacing cat.

Reporter

Even though she was born in San Francisco, Suzanna is an Alaskan to the core. She grew up in Wasilla, where she was an outdoor junkie with an enthusiasm for writing and the news. While at University of Alaska Anchorage, she spent four years reporting for The Northern Light, including one year as the paper's executive editor. Suzanna spent two years at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, where she covered the city's vibrant arts community and spent two very cold winters covering the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Along the way, she has won a handful of awards for her work, including several Alaska Press Club awards.

Reporter

Dermot Cole is a longtime Alaska reporter, columnist and author, based in Fairbanks. He has written extensively about Alaska and Alaska history for more than 35 years. A former reporter for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, his most recent book is "North to the Future: The Alaska Story, 1959 - - 2009." Cole grew up in Pennsylvania and lived in Taiwan, Montana and Hong Kong before moving to Alaska in 1974. A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cole is married to journalist Debbie Carter. They have three grown children. His favorite hobby is cross-country skiing.

Reporter

Alex is a veteran reporter who rose through the journalism ranks in a career launched at age 10 flinging The Houston Chronicle newspaper. A journalism-school product of the University of Texas-Austin, he reported for the university paper before joining The Austin Chronicle weekly. He moved to Alaska after commercially fishing for Bristol Bay salmon in 1997. That was the worst season in years, so he stuck with journalism. He became editor at Alaska Newspapers Inc., focusing on rural issues while living and traveling extensively in off-road Alaska. He did time as rural affairs reporter at the Anchorage Daily News, and joined Alaska Dispatch in 2011. He often focuses on business- and oil-related topics.

Reporter

Sean Doogan has been an Alaska journalist since 2001.  He began as an anchor and reporter at Fairbanks NBC station, KTVF, before leaving to work in Anchorage in 2004.  Sean worked at Anchorage NBC affiliate, KTUU until 2011, when he was named Managing Editor at KTVF (Anchorage – CBS).  Sean came to the Alaska Dispatch in May of 2012.  He is a fourth generation Alaskan.  His grandfather, James P. Doogan, Sr., was a member of the Alaska Constitutional Conference that set the groundwork for statehood, in 1959.  Sean attended Santa Clara University (Finance 1990) and the University of Alaska – Fairbanks (Physics/Math 2001). When not reporting on Alaska news, Sean’s hobbies include, fishing, fishing, and fishing.

Calendar editor / Reporter

Megan Edge is a reporter and calendar editor for the Alaska Dispatch. Before Megan came to the Dispatch she was a television reporter at KTVA CBS 11 news, in Anchorage. She spent nearly two years writing about college sports and freelancing for various Alaska publications. Megan has covered a variety of topics from sports to city issues. If she is not writing she is probably out enjoying the Last Frontier with her dog pack. 

Reporter

Craig arrived in Alaska in 1973 broke and at the wheel of a dying Opel station wagon. He’s still broke, but he’s had a storied career in Alaska journalism. A graduate of the University of Alaska, Medred worked in Fairbanks, Juneau and Anchorage, and won piles of awards everywhere. His coverage of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race netted the prestigious best deadline reporting honor from the American Society of Newspapers editors, and his work has been reprinted in several editions of “The Best American Sports Writing.’’ But he might be best known for once shooting a grizzly bear off his leg.

Reporter

Jerzy Shedlock is a reporter and editorial assistant. A graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, he worked at the Peninsula Clarion before coming to Alaska Dispatch.

Arctic Editor and Reporter

Yereth Rosen has been a journalist in Alaska since 1987. For most of that time, she was the sole Alaska-based reporter for Reuters. She has been reporting on energy issues, the environment, politics and all things Alaska – from oil spills to sled-dog races. She enjoys running, skiing and other outdoors pursuits. She lives in Anchorage with her family.

Art director

Aaron was born and raised in Colorado and holds a degree from the Art Institute of Colorado. After graduation, he married an Alaskan and settled in Anchorage. He started his career with the Anchorage Press and has worked for various magazines and publications. He helped create Alaska Dispatch in 2008 and serves as the new site's art director, overseeing its design and illustrating stories. He's won numerous design and illustration awards over the years.

Multimedia editor

Loren is a native of Anchorage. The only child of an archaeologist and anthropologist, he studied philosophy before completing his master's in photography at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication. Before joining Alaska Dispatch, he spent six months teaching photography and English in India, and interned with former National Geographic photographer J. Bruce Baumann at the Evansville Courier & Press.

Video Journalist

Over the past fifteen years, Tara Young has produced and edited arts-related programming for a wealth of companies including Sundance Channel, The Criterion Collection, Vice Media, and Etsy. Young's interest in storytelling and documentary has led her to notable and quirky places around the world. From a woodworker in rural Missouri, to a Mexican family band in the Rio Grande Valley, to an abandoned textile mill town in Lancashire, UK. Her stories seek to get to the heart - of the story, the character, and what it means to be human.

Sales director

After graduating from Willamette University with a bachelor's in English in 2005, Tom moved back to Alaska, where he began his career in sales. In April 2010, he joined Alaska Dispatch as a sales executive. After one year, he was promoted to sales director, where he and his staff have been breaking new trail in the future of online advertising. Tom also helps with marketing Alaska Dispatch to Alaska, and he's the company's morale booster, a crucial role that both he and his dog Allie take very seriously. In the two years since becoming sales director, Alaska Dispatch has seen record growth in sales thanks to the hard work of his incredible team.

Sales manager

Graduating from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with a degree in advertising design, Joy has lived in Alaska for 21 years, building a successful advertising and marketing career. She is the sales manager for Alaska Dispatch. Before Alaska Dispatch, she worked for companies such as First Alaskans, Alaska Newspapers Inc., Camai Printing, The Tatitlek Corp. and Alaska Print Brokers, serving in a variety of roles, including special publications director and advertising executive. Joy is passionate about the forward changes in the publishing industry and how online marketing can help businesses.

Advertising Executive

Emily was born in Washington and skipped around to Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN before settling in Anchorage. She came to Alaska Dispatch after she saw the benefit and potential for online marketing for Alaskan businesses. She studied art history as both an undergraduate at Reed College and as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota and has a background in arts marketing from her work at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and Alaska Junior Theater in Anchorage.