The Anchorage Daily News is the most-read newspaper and news site in Alaska. In 2017, the organization was purchased by an Alaska family with an interest in keeping the newspaper alive. The business turned around—by controlling costs, growing revenue, with a continued shift online, and especially, continued newsroom transformation that has emphasized producing quality journalism, serving audiences where they are, and adapting to changing platforms and reader habits and needs. Partnerships of all kinds have become critical for us.
Anchorage Daily News
Location: * West, Alaska
Beat: Healthcare and public health in Alaska
Position: Alaska has the highest per capita health costs of any state, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. As the population ages, health care is the fastest growing sector of the economy. Care in Alaska’s cities is so expensive that residents routinely travel —often with the blessing of private insurers—thousands of miles for treatment because it’s cheape. Far-flung rural communities have other issues, from rural villages with no running water/sewer to high rates of suicide, accidental death and injury to logistical hurdles that make things like basic maternal care a serious challenge.
Reporter: Annie Berman