April 6, 2017–Dr. John Tichotsky–Communicating Uncertainty and Complexity: The Case of the Current Alaska Fiscal and Economic Crisis

Dr. John Tichotsky is a professional economist, who has worked as an academic, entrepreneur, policy and political advisor, and analyst. He specializes in the financing and economics of wealth management and natural resource development in Alaska, Northeast Asia, Europe and Central Asia. John Tichotsky’s experience includes working as an international advisor and consultant for Roman Abramovich (Sibneft, Evraz) on Chukotka-US issues (oil and gas, electricity, whale quotas, governmental relations), and as an expert on Northeast Asian energy issues. Until recently, John was the Chief Economist and Advisor to the Alaska Governor and is now with the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. He also worked as the Chief Economist and Audit Master for the State of Alaska’s Department of Revenue, where he led a group of economists that provide the State of Alaska with a revenue forecast and policy advice on all of Alaska’s economic activities, especially investment and petroleum revenue. He introduced decision science, including probabilistic modeling, as the backbone of the group’s work. John Tichotsky has worked extensively with indigenous communities in Alaska, Russia, and Mongolia. He is married to Mary Core, and has two daughters, Mara and Annie, ages nine and thirteen. The entire family likes winter sports, especially skijoring, and his thirteen-year-old recently competed as a junior dog musher.

John Tichotsky

John Tichotsky




*Position Summary* *News Reporting*
a. Prepare news stories on a variety of beats relevant to the Kenai
Peninsula (including oil & gas, environment & climate change, city and
borough government, education, outdoors, healthcare, and business)
b. Conduct interviews and produce news stories for daily newscasts.
c. Prepare news content, including photographs and text, for use on KBBI
and partner websites and for sharing via social media.
d. Substitute for news director as necessary.

a. Provide continuity during network programs.
b. Prepare and deliver scheduled newscasts, community calendars, marine and
local weather.
c. Maintain FCC transmitter log, Emergency Alert System (EAS) log, and
program log during shift.
d. Record modules for broadcast on KBBI as needed (community calendar, Fish
& Game announcements, etc).
e. Pitching and board operations during on-air membership drives.
f. Monitor sources for special coverage events and change programs as
directed by supervisor.
g. Check established sources for messages regarding promos, impaired feeds,
rundowns, etc.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
    2. At least one year public radio and/or other relevant experience.
    3. Excellent announcing and production skills; attention to detail.
    4. Excellent computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Word,
    Adobe Auditon, iMedia Touch.
    5. Familiarity with radio automation operations.
    6. Excellent interpersonal communication and team skills.
    7. Ability to maintain flexible work schedule including early-mornings
    and/or evenings; may include holidays and weekends.

    Supervision: This position is supervised by the News Director and works
    closely with the Content Director.
    Classification: Regular Full-Time, Non – Exempt
    Salary Range: DOE; package includes health insurance, medical and leave

    *To apply*

Send cover letter, resume, references and 3 work samples to:
Terry Rensel, KBBI General Manager, at terry@kbbi.org, or mail your
documents to 3913 Kachemak Way, Homer, AK 99603.

This position is open until filled. Application materials will be reviewed
as they arrive. KBBI-AM/Kachemak Bay Broadcasting is an equal opportunity

March 2, 2017–Frank Soos–The Facts of the Matter: How Facts and Values Matter in Our Communication

Frank Soos moved to Alaska in 1986 and taught at the University of Alaska from then until 2004. As an educator and award-winning writer, he is a Professor Emeritus for the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an Alaska State Writer Laureate.

Described by the Alaska Historical Society as a natural promoter of literary arts and artists, Soos is a prolific writer of both poetry and prose. Many books of his have been published, including Unpleasantries that was just released by the University of Washington Press.

His book Double Moon: Constructions and Conversations, is a collection of mini-essays in collaboration with the work of his wife, visual artist Margo Klass.

Soos enjoys cross-country skiing in winter, and fly fishing and biking during the Alaska summers.

He challenges us to consider that how we communicate, and what we do with our lives, is important and meaningful.

Frank Soos’ Presentation 03-02-17

Frank Soos

Frank Soos

Feb. 2, 2017–Jan Carolyn Hardy–What I wish I’d known about old age, but was too young and oblivious to ask.

Jan Carolyn Hardy is an active advocator in Alaska for elders and minority groups. As a community activist, she serves on the board for OPAG (Older Persons Action Group) and contributes to the Senior Voice newspaper. She is an executive board member and secretary for AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO), Local 52 Retirees, and serves in the membership of the Central Labor Council.

Jan Carolyn is an active member of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and is a full-time real-estate licensee in Alaska. She appreciates being available to assist elders in determining whether they can remain in their homes safely and advising them if changes are needed in order to create a safe and comfortable environment.

Jan Carolyn holds a B.A. of Liberal Arts in Linguistics, an M.A. in Educational  Administration, an M.S. in Counseling and Guidance, and M.Msc. in Theology.

Jan Carolyn Hardy

Jan Carolyn Hardy

Jan. 5, 2017–Martha Amore–Creating Anthologies and Community Writing

Martha Amore teaches in the English Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She achieved her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009 and has published stories in a number of journals and magazines, including Room, Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal. In 2013, VP&D House published her novella in the anthology Weathered Edge: Three Alaskan Novellas. In 2015, she won a Rasmuson Individual Artist Award to complete her collection of short stories, which she hopes to have out in 2018. Her new book, published by the University of Alaska Press and co-edited by Lucian Childs, is an anthology entitled Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry. She is currently at work on an Interdisciplinary PhD through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Martha Amore

Martha Amore


Dec. 1, 2016–Lizzie Newell (freelance writer, illustrator, and self-publisher): Book design for Self-Publishing

Lizzie Newell is a self-published author who writes and designs science fiction novels. Her books Sappho’s Agency, and The Fisherman and the Sperm Thief are available online and through bookstores. The next book in the series, The Tristan Bay Accord, will go live in February 2017.

She studied graphic design and literature at Colorado State University as part of a BA in Arts and Humanities. She continued her studies in illustration and sculpture at UAA, earning a BFA in studio art. Her preferred medium is paper which she makes into models of boats and planets. She views book design as a form of paper sculpture and applies her skill to assisting other writers as well as producing her own books.

Lizzie Newell

Lizzie Newell

Nov. 2, 2016–Barbara Martin–My Journey to Self-Publishing My Powerful Hearts Book Set for Children: Junk or Joy? and Offense Get Off My Fence

Book Summaries

Offense, Get Off My Fence, is about learning to guard your heart from the outside and its partner book, Junk or Joy?, is about learning to feed your heart from the inside. Even though they are very different books, they were birthed together and are intended to show children the choices they have, thereby empowering them regardless of what life brings. They are intended to give children the resources they need to prevent poor choices and grow up healthy in a broken world.


Barbara Martin is a retired teacher of 21 years who is now involved in self-publishing children’s books. Her Powerful Hearts Book Set was written to help children see their choices, set healthy boundaries, and acquire tools to deal with life’s hurts. She wants to give children tools to grow up healthy in a broken world. Junk or Joy? is a finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Award in Children’s Mind/Body/Spirit.

In addition to Power Me, the business she uses for publishing her books, she also owns a computer business called Mac Mentoring, where she troubleshoots and trains people to use their MacIntosh products. Barbara has called Alaska home for more than 30 years. She has two children and four grandchildren.

Barbara Martin

Barbara Martin

Oct. 6, 2016–Terry Kelly–Trust in Journalism: Why So Low? What Can be Done About It?

Recent polling indicates that trust in mainstream journalism has reached an all-time low. This talk explores: (1) the nature of trust, especially the anonymous trust needed for the public to trust professionals with whom they have no personal acquaintance; (2) some of the potential explanations for the decline in trust in journalists, with particular focus on the standing of journalism as a profession; (3) some suggestions on ways to increase public trust in journalism.

Terry Kelly earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from St. Louis University. He specializes in professional ethics and political philosophy. He is currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He also serves as vice-chairperson of the Anchorage Municipal Board of Ethics and conducts professional ethics training in Anchorage. His book, Professional Ethics: A Trust-Based Approach is expected to be published in 2017. Recent publications include “Conflicts About Conflict of Interest: A Comparison of ‘Performance’ and ‘Trustworthiness’ Models of COI in the Context of Industry Relations with Physicians,” in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics; and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ethical: Regulative Ideals and Role Obligations” (with Stephanie Bauer) in the Proceedings of the University of Alaska Anchorage Ethics Center Convocation.

Trust and Journalism

Terry Kelly

Terry Kelly

Sept. 1, 2016–Rebecca Goodrich–A Quick Look at the Life of a Consulting Editor

Rebecca Goodrich was raised in Los Angeles by an inventor, an English major, and a cat. She learned brainstorming, product design and marketing, and how to work on an assembly line in the family R &  D business. Some family worked at Warner Brothers, so she saw new movies at the Academy.

In 1994, Goodrich jettisoned California and its glitter to build a houseboat in Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island. She was mentored by future writer laureate Jerah Chadwick and entranced by the island and its people. She was a columnist and reporter for the Dutch Harbor Fisherman and a stringer for KDLG, building on California credits in newspapers, business magazines, and small literary journals.

Goodrich founded the Writers at Title Wave, her third such group, chairing it for four years. Commentaries on the AK Show addressed emotionally difficult topics. “Unalaska Blueberries” placed Second in an APC contest. After a class with Fairbanks author David Marusek, “Matanuska Green” was published in Cold Flashes, UA Press anthology.

Also published in Cirque, F Magazine, Make A Scene, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Ester Republic, etc., Goodrich makes a living as a Consulting Editor. She is currently at work on her Dutch Harbor memoir.

Rebecca Goodrich

Rebecca Goodrich





June 2, 2016–John Nofsinger, PhD–The Biases of Investing

Dr. John Nofsinger is the William H. Seward Endowed Chair in International Finance at the College of Business & Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage. He is one of the world’s leading experts in behavioral finance.

Professor Nofsinger has authored/coauthored ten finance trade books, textbooks, and scholarly books that have been translated into eleven languages. His book, The Psychology of Investing, is in its 5th edition and is popular with investors and advisors. As such, Dr. Nofsinger is a frequent speaker on this topic, presenting 50+ times at practitioner associations, industry conferences, businesses, and individual investor associations.

Dr. Nofsinger is a prolific scholar who has published in multiple disciplines. He has published 52 articles in prestigious scholarly journals (like the Journal of Finance and Journal of Business) and practitioner journals (like the Financial Analysts Journal and Journal of Wealth Management). He contributes to the scholarly literature and also helps bridge the gap between theory and practice among academics and practitioners. He has numerous scholarly works in all three major areas of finance: (1) investments, (2) corporate finance, and (3) financial markets. But he is most widely known in the area of behavioral finance and has recently been working in socially responsible finance. He has presented his work 60+ times at universities and conferences and collaborated with over 30 other scholars around the world.

Dr Nofsinger is often quoted or appears in the financial media, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fortune, Business Week, Smart Money, Money Magazine, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Nightly Business Report (NBR), and CNBC, and other media from The Dolans to TheStreet.com.

John Nofsinger, PhD

John Nofsinger, PhD