Extreme Alaska is a working newsroom project of Journalism 490 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It’s a training ground as well as a news site. We cover UAF and the greater Fairbanks community though a team approach. We post stories, videos, audio slideshows and more.
The Extreme Alaska 2013 Team
Sam Allen Sam is a boy, who’s a man, who’s a child. His interests are two-fold, ikebana and trivial facts about the flowering archipelago, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He is a journalism student, a mathematics minor, and is poised to enter medical school in fall 2014. His career goal is flunking out of medical school and becoming a writer for Saturday Night Live. His talents include editing video with Avid, working with Microsoft Office and Excel and making irresistibly spongy bread pudding smothered in a tantililzing rum sauce. Sam Allen currently resides in Fairbanks, AK with his girlfriend, Hannah, and their Indian roommate, Sambit.
Teri Anderson Teri Anderson joins the Extreme Team this semester in the hopes of making this an award-winning news site. She will graduate from UAF this spring with a double major in multimedia journalism and foreign languages. Teri will spend her last semester working on Extreme Alaska, interning as a media assistant for the National Park Service, tutoring Spanish and hosting a Spanish radio show called “Harry Potter y la Radio de Magia.” After graduation she plans on starting a Master’s International graduate program with the Peace Corps but will only accept if she is placed in South America. She loves all things outdoors and dedicates her work to her high-adventure buddy Steph who was cut out of the picture on the left.
Annie Bartholomew Annie Bartholomew is a journalism student from Juneau and is studying multimedia at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has served as Program Director at KSUA 91.5 FM and is currently working at the public radio station KTOO Juneau. Her academic interests include radio broadcasting, photography and graphic design.
Jon Bracone Jon Bracone was born in Alaska and raised in south Florida. After moving back to Alaska at the age of 17 he worked in Anchorage doing various jobs. Shortly after September 11th Jon enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was then deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in March of 2003. After receiving an honorable discharge after four years of service he then moved back to Alaska and shortly there after began attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks for Journalism. Jon’s interest include photography, making documentaries, combat sports and traveling. Jon is looking forward to having a better understanding of how online media functions and welcomes the chance to work in a team in a newsroom atmosphere.
Fernanda Chamorro Fernanda Chamorro is a 21-year-old Senior at UAF and she was born in San Diego, California. She is currently the photo editor for the UAF Sun Star and is also known as “DJ FM” on the only entertainment/music Latin radio show in Alaska, “Ritmo Latino,” on KSUA 91.5 FM. Her parents are in the military and her family is from many different Latin countries, so she has gotten her fair share of traveling. She recently traveled back to California, to the city of Los Angeles, after becoming a finalist in the Emmy’s Foundation internship. She had the opportunity of working with some of the top professionals in news at the ABC station. This is her last semester at UAF and she is “wanting to juice this experience!” She enjoys photography, film-making, acting, and writing and she is pretty skilled when it comes to lighting, camera controlling/balancing, and the grip/electricity aspect of film. She does not have much experience in web design and is extremely interested in learning. “I feel like these skills could be valuable in my future and I would also like to learn more about what I am already familiar with because there is always room for improvement,” she says. She is also looking forward to starting a blog because she has never had one. She is excited to partake in all news and film opportunities available.
Amelia Cooper After studying a myriad of unrelated subjects, Amelia is decidedly an acting and journalism student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her interests include pursuits of personal truth through art, music, writing, theatre, dance, and mathematics. Through the Extreme Alaska project, she hopes to build a credible body of work free from the corrupting powers of a paycheck.
Kyle Evans Kyle Evans is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism with a sports management minor. Kyle’s interests include movies and sports with an expertise in hockey and soccer. He hopes to learn more about photography and learn new ideas to improve this quality of work along with building a portfolio.
Kurtis Gosney Kurtis Gosney was born in Seattle, Washington on June 10, 1990. He lived there with his mother and other family members until he was six years old. Then his mother got married to his then-step-father and shortly afterward he moved to Fairbanks with his parents. He has been living here ever since. Some things he likes to do are watch and play sports, travel, play video games, and hang out with friends. He now lives with his mother, who is the head of the dental assisting program at UAF’s Community and Technical College (and thus he gets free tuition at UAF). This is now Gosney’s 5th year in college and he has about two years left until he graduates. He also has a part-time job at in the apparel department at Fred Meyer. After he graduates, he plans on moving either back to Seattle or somewhere along the west coast. His is in journalism so he can be either a sports reporter or announcer, but would also like to be a coach in basketball someday. His overall goals in life are to make enough money so his family and he can live as comfortably as possible, and to be able to travel as much as he can.
Brix Hahn Brix Hahn is a junior studying journalism, business administration, and German at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She enjoys alpine skiing, working out, sailing, serving her community beside her Alpha Phi Omega brothers, and cooking. Hahn is an advanced writer and and web designer. She also enjoys editing and and graphic design.
Sophia Holton Sophia Holton was born and raised in Tampa, Fls., and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, in May of 2011. She is a senior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and will be graduating May 12, 2013. Sophia’s major is broadcast journalism and she is minoring is sociology. She is currently a member of the Honors Program. She has been a cheerleader since she was six years old and is currently the captain of the cheerleading squad at UAF. After Sophia graduates she hopes to move back to Florida and start a career in journalism. She also choreographs cheerleading routines on the side and hopes to start a business in the future.
Micheal Ives Sports nerd, checking in!! Hello everyone. My name is Micheal Ives. I am a Broadcast Journalism senior at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. After trying a world of different career paths, yours truly has found his true passion (it was always there, though it was poorly mistaken as a hobby) and is nearing a career in sports journalism! Some of my earliest memories include my father carrying me into the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to watch UNC basketball. I was hooked at a young age (blame His Airness, Michael Jordan, and the Golden Era of hoops) and have become a proud, dedicated sports nerd. While finishing my journalism degree at UAF, I have been fortunate to also dive headfirst into my beloved sports journalism. I host a sports talk radio radio show on KSUA 91.5 FM twice-a-week. ”Overtime” has been on the air for two years now and has garnered both local and national awards. I also work for KCBF 820 AM Sports as a play-by-play announcer, color commentary/analyst, and soundboard operator. You can hear me live during every broadcast of Alaska Nanooks Men’s and Women’s basketball games (you might even hear me doing youth football play-by-play or….dogsled racing commentary??!! Hey, it is Extreme Alaska!) Thanks for reading and viewing our material and I hope you leave entertained and fully informed.
Fred Monrean, Jr. Born and raised in and around Ketchikan, Alaska, Fred moved to the big city (Farbanks) Spring of 2009. Not feeling cut out for the gamble inherent in making a living as a journalist, he will start an accounting degree this fall.
Logan Stolpe Logan Stolpe is a senior in the B.A. Journalism program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. With an emphasis in new media he hopes to use a broad range of journalistic skills to his preferred medium of audio. He grew up in the small fishing community of Petersburg, Alaska. Logan is an avid outdoorsman with a particular interest in sea kayaking and riding bicycles. Music is very important to him; he plays guitar and harmonica.
Ashleigh Strange Ashleigh Strange is a senior at UAF studying broadcast journalism and film. She recently finished a four-week internship with local television station KTVF Channel 11. She also spent a year in California volunteering with AmeriCorps NCCC as a wildland firefighter. Ashleigh hopes to use this class to become more proficient with the intricacies of journalism. She works as a student assistant in the Student Activities office on campus and is a DJ at the campus radio station, KSUA, where she has a show featuring musical theater. Ashleigh enjoys Barbra Streisand music, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and karaoke.