March 7, 2013–The Future of Rural Journalism in Alaska, and Why the Best is Yet to Come–Rhonda McBride

After many years at KTUU-Channel 2, Rhonda McBride is moving across town to KTVA-Channel 11. Currently she’s employed by GCI, which is in the process of buying KTVA. Until the sale goes through, Rhonda will be working with her old boss at KTUU, former news director John Tracy, who has been hired by GCI as a consultant to take KTVA’s newsroom to the next level. Rhonda’s focus at KTVA will be on rural Alaska, one of her passions. From dental health to education to politics, Rhonda has won several national awards for her coverage of rural issues.

She gained her experience reporting in the Bush at KYUK, a public radio and television station in Bethel, which broadcasts in both Yup’ik and English. Rhonda has also been a producer at the Alaska Public Radio Network — and hosted political debates and public affairs programs at KAKM-TV, Channel 7. In 2008, Rhonda took a break from broadcasting and worked for Governor Sarah Palin as her Rural Advisor.

Rhonda McBride

Rhonda McBride

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