Dec. 2, 2021 — Paola Banchero — Media Literacy Strategies

Being a savvy media consumer means knowing the differences between fake news and legitimate reporting.

Paola Banchero is a professor of journalism and public communications at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She teaches journalism, strategic communications, and media literacy.

Paola worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Kansas, Arizona, and Alaska, as well as in strategic communications for a large agribusiness. She also co-authored a documentary titled “River of Bears.”

Paola serves on a university-wide curriculum committee and has served on the Alaska Public Media Community Advisory Board for many years. She holds a Master of Journalism degree from Northwestern University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Benedictine University.

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Paola Banchero

Nov. 4, 2021 — Maggie Holeman — Author of Woman in the Locker Room: An Alaskan Woman’s Journey for Change

Growing up in a challenging family gave Maggie Holeman the determination to go against the system and prevail. During her career at the Anchorage airport, Maggie was instrumental in getting separate bathrooms, locker rooms, and hair regulations for women. Maggie was the first woman to achieve the award of weapon proficiency, being top gun, at the Sitka Police Academy.

She developed and became one of the first field training officers at that airport in both police and fire. Maggie received a legislative commendation for bravery for her response to the YC-122 crash. After earning her BA in criminal justice, she worked as an adult probation/parole officer for the State of Alaska and Boy’s Detention at McLaughlin Youth Center. After 23 years with the State of Alaska, Maggie retired to the small community of Hope, Alaska, population 150, where she runs a five-star bed and breakfast and finds her days peaceful without turmoil.

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Maggie Holeman

Maggie Holeman

Oct. 7, 2021 — MaryLee Hayes and Angie Slingluff — Alaska Women Speak Anthology

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Co-editors MaryLee Hayes and Angie Slingluff will present their recently published book Alaska Women Speak Anthology, a collection of art, stories, poems, and photographs covering 25 years of the Alaska Women Speak journals, from 1992 to 2017.

Hayes was managing editor of the journal from 1994 to 2002, and Slingluff was layout editor for the publication from 1997 to 2014.

Born and raised at Spring Brook Ranch near Dorr, Michigan, Hayes graduated from the Famous Writers School in Westport, Connecticut, and the Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She worked as a registered nurse for 45 years, and has been published in many publications as a freelance writer. She has authored three books, and has lived in Alaska since 1981.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Slingluff moved to the ancestral family farm in rural Maryland at age 9. After receiving a B.A. in History from Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Boston and an M.A. from Fordham University in New York, she traveled, worked, and volunteered in Mexico and British Columbia, Canada, before arriving in Alaska in 1986. Her graphic arts skills were developed during administrative work with surveys, mapping, and geographic information system technology. She retired from the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

MaryLee Hayes and Angie Slingluff

MaryLee Hayes and Angie Slingluff

Sept. 2, 2021 — Scott McKinnon & Michael Ray Taylor — The Emerging Role of Drones in Storytelling

Scott McKinnon is an Instructor of Innovative Media at Henderson State University, where he also earned his MLA in Art History.

McKinnon is also a documentary filmmaker whose most recent short film “The Man From Boggy Creek,” co-directed with a fellow Henderson State faculty member, is currently screening at film festivals around the country. He also filmed several drone shots for an upcoming documentary about the emergence of White-Nose Syndrome in bats and the race to save them from it.

He has been flying drones since 2016 and received his FAA UAS certification in 2017. In addition to using drone videography for his documentary film work and promotional materials for his university, he also teaches a class on alternative videography that includes using drones.

McKinnon lives in Arkadelphia, AR with his wife and 2-year-old son Finn.

Scott McKinnon
Scott McKinnon

Michael Ray Taylor chairs the communication department at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and has written for Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and many other publications in addition to working on documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic. His latest book, Hidden Nature: Wild Southern Caves, was published in August 2020.

Michael Ray Taylor
Michael Ray Taylor

June 3, 2021 — LoLo Paige — A Writer’s Journey From Nonfiction to Fiction

LoLo Paige is an award-winning author whose works include novels, short fiction, and nonfiction. She will talk about her journey into the realm of commercial fiction.

Initially a nonfiction author, LoLo’s nonfiction story about escaping a runaway wildfire won a 2016 Alaska Press Club award. More recently, her romance books have been recognized in several Romance Writers of America contests and found commercial success. Her debut novel, Alaska Spark, ranked No. 1 on the Amazon Bestseller List for romantic suspense in global markets.

LoLo Paige is the pen name of Lois Simenson.

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Lola Paige

LoLo Paige

May 6, 2021 — John McKay — Observations from 40+Years in Alaska Journalism

During more than 40 years of practicing law in Alaska, John McKay has represented Alaskan and national news organizations, photographers, artists, and others on libel, privacy and copyright issues, access to government proceedings and records, subpoenas to journalists, secret settlements by public agencies, cameras in courts, and many other matters.

He taught Media Law at University of Alaska Anchorage for more than 30 years. In 2007, John was the first recipient of the Alaska Press Club’s First Amendment Award, and in 2011 on the 40th Anniversary of ACLU of Alaska he was recognized as one of “40 Heroes of Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties.” He is the author of a legal guidebook for Alaska news reporters, and of publications on privacy law and open government law.

He earned a master’s degree in Journalism in the last century, and an MFA in Poetry in this century. John has two sons, Martin, 33, and Cameron, 30, whose mother, Suzan Nightingale McKay, was a member of Alaska Press Women (the former name of Alaska Professional Communicators). John and his sweetheart, Cristy, live in Anchorage.

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John McKay

John McKay

April 1, 2021 — Anne Coray — Green Shoots from Old Roots: Writing about the Environment

Anne Coray, author of the recently published novel Lost Mountain, will discuss her writing and changes she’s seen as a resident of remote Southwest Alaska. She will also explore the evolution of nature writing and its contemporary offshoot—eco-literature.

Coray is the author of three poetry collections, coeditor of Crosscurrents North: Alaskans on the Environment, and coauthor of a publication titled Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including the Southern Review, Northwest Review, North American Review, Poetry, and Alaska Quarterly Review. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Coray is the recipient of fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation. She divides her time between Homer and her birthplace, remote Lake Clark (Qizhjeh Vena).

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Anne Coray

March 4, 2021 — Amy Gulick — The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind

Intrigued that there is still a place in the world where the lives of people and salmon are linked, photographer and author Amy Gulick traveled throughout Alaska to explore the web of human relationships that revolve around these extraordinary fish. Commercial fishermen took her on as crew; Alaska Native families taught her the art of preserving fish and culture; and sport fishing guides showed her where to cast her line as well as her mind. Alaskans everywhere shared their salmon riches with her in their kitchens, cabins, and fish camps—it’s the salmon way.

Gulick’s book, The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind, is the winner of an Independent Publisher Book Award, a Nautilus Book Award, an INDIES Book of the Year Award, and has been named a Best Indie Book by Kirkus Reviews.


Photographer and author Amy Gulick has received numerous honors including a Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, the Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and the Voice of the Wild Award from the Alaska Wilderness League. Her work has been featured in The New Republic, National Geographic NewsWatch, Audubon, National Wildlife, Sierra, Outdoor Photographer, and other publications. Her first book, Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest, is both a Nautilus and Independent Publisher Book Award winner.

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Amy Gulick

Amy Gulick

Feb. 4, 2021 — Francesca DuBrock, Chief Curator of the Anchorage Museum — Introduction to Extra Tough: Women of the North (on Zoom)

Francesca Du Brock, Chief Curator at the Anchorage Museum, will discuss a current exhibit at the museum that features the vital roles of both indigenous and newcomer women in northern communities.

In her role as curator, Du Brock focuses on developing projects and exhibitions that reflect the diversity of people living in the North. Bilingualism, visual literacy, food culture, Indigenous representation, and women have been topics of recent exhibitions, projects, and programming.

Du Brock previously worked at Kurimanzutto, a contemporary art gallery in Mexico City, and as an arts educator in San Francisco, Boston, and Alaska. She is a born-and-raised Alaskan and brings a passion for learning from and through the arts to her current work. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Bowdoin College, an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Arts Institute, and an M.Ed. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

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Francesca DuBrock

Jan. 7, 2021 — Tracy Sabo — New Landscape of TV News in Alaska (on Zoom)

Tracy Sabo, Director of News and Content for Alaska’s News Source, will discuss the changing television news market, including the outcome of the KTUU acquisition of KTVA, during a Zoom meeting sponsored by Alaska Professional Communicators.

Sabo leads a team of journalists at KTUU/KYES. She spent more than 19 years at CNN and held roles at the cable network including Senior Field Producer, Bureau Assignment Manager, CNN Radio Anchor, Domestic Assignment Editor, Affiliate Editor, and Political Planning Editor. Sabo also has worked in radio as a newscaster and on-air announcer.
For leisure and in various network roles, she has traveled extensively, having visited 64 countries. Sabo was a member of CNN teams that were nationally recognized for journalistic achievement, including three prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards for coverage of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, the 2008 Presidential Primary and Debates, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She covered the Arab-Israeli conflict from the front lines in 2005 and the 2010 elections in Haiti following that nation’s devastating earthquake. Sabo was also temporarily based in Alaska while covering the 2008 vice presidential run of Governor Sarah Palin and has covered the Iditarod from the trail for both CNN and KTUU annually since 2010. She has also traveled extensively throughout Alaska for the past 15 years.

Tracy Sabo

Tracy Sabo

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