Naomi Klouda began her career in Alaska journalism after graduating from Gonzaga University at the Anchorage Times in 1983. There she covered obits, courts, features, police and virtually every beat prior to its folding in 1992. She earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1992 in Creative Writing Fiction from the University of Alaska Anchorage and taught adjunct for a few years for UAA campuses in Anchorage and Kodiak. Through the years, she wrote for the Kodiak Daily Mirror, the Wasilla Frontiersman, the Anchorage Chronicle and at the Tundra Drums in Bethel, where she spent three years as the managing editor. From Bethel she moved to Homer, in 2006, and has worked for the Homer Tribune since then.
Her news writing has garnered many awards, including best series from Alaska Press Club three years in a row. The Homer Tribune was also selected for first place Best Weekly in the APC awards for 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Having spent time in both journalism and in creative fiction/non fiction, Naomi has published a number of essays and short stories. One, “Old Harbor,” is published in an anthology “Alaska Passages.”
About APC, Naomi writes: “I was also a member of the Alaska Press Women from my first days at the Anchorage Times. Betzi Woodman visited the newsroom, and during one she invited me to a luncheon. That was in 1983-84, and I was then a member for a number of years. One of the awards I am most proud of is having won the Spark Plug Award two years in row.”