Heather Aronno is a recipient of the 2011 Hearst Journalism Award for Broadcast Features and the UAA Seawolf Community Service Award. She’s also an occasional contributor to Alaska Public Radio Network and Bent Alaska. She lives with her husband, John Aronno, in Anchorage, Alaska, and is in the midst of re-arranging her office. Again. Follow Heather on Twitter
John Aronno is the 2013 Alaska Press Club Award winner for best political reporting print-small, recipient of the 2010 Alaska Press Association’s Suzan Nightengale Award for Best Columnist print-small, former co-host of Studio 1080 on KUDO 1080am, and infrequent guest host of the Shannyn Moore Show on KOAN 1020am. Aronno has had his work featured in the Huffington Post, the Anchorage Press, the Alaska Dispatch, the Mudflats, and Bent Alaska. He resides with his wife, Heather Aronno, in Anchorage, Alaska, and is currently in his backyard playing fetch with his dogs.. Follow John on Twitter
Chris Bailey is your average Alaskan newshound and reluctant politico. He is known for his – read independent – mix of biting wit and insight on local issues. As each election season heats up, look for him to join the ranks of eager volunteers occupying phone banks and neighborhood canvassing teams. A diehard American, Bailey is so wedded to the democratic process that he contributes to Alaska Commons despite crafting a “progressive”-Republican mind-set. “I really want to highlight that I love and respect ALL people. This love for humanity leads me to believe more in local governance structures than the national governance model.
Rebecca Barker is a cultural anthropology student at UAA. Her interest in news and politics stem from a long family line of armchair philosophers and engaged citizens. Her hopes for herself and for Alaska include anything that encourages self sufficiency, creativity and community.
Natalie Britton is a 24-year-old teacher living in rural Alaska teaching kindergarten at Newhalen School. After a year of teaching in South Korea, she and her husband moved to Newhalen in August, 2013.
Jamey Duhamel is a life long Alaskan who, in addition to producing way too many boys with her husband, has tepid political dreams and an activist streak. If fighting coal and local Republicans isn’t enough, she also tries to raise chickens and thinks Jack Black is super sexy.
Ivan Hodes is a public school teacher in the Aleutian Region School District, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the school year, he lives with his wife, Olivia, on a decommissioned U.S. Navy base on Adak Island. In the summer he lives and teaches in Anchorage, and has had his own share of misadventures in the wild.
Jesse Jack is a civil engineer by day, but by night he is a super-fan of the Alaska Baseball League and all things baseball. A graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage and resident of Palmer, Jesse spends his free time as the editor-in-chief and head scout/beat writer/photographer/scorekeeper/ballpark rat for 49thStateHardball.com, the web’s preeminent ABL fan blog.
Warren Jones is Gwich’in and Yupik and grew up in Nome and Palmer. He is a fellow at First Alaskans Institute. He is one class away from completing his BA in Political Science at UAA. He is a Marine Corps veteran serving with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance battalion as a scout from 2002 to 2006. Warren is very active in the Alaska Native community. Warren is married to his beautiful wife Sacha Jones, and they have two children Cash and Rowan and a chocolate lab named Rudy.
Kokayi Nosakhere is an Alaska Commons staff writer since its reorganization last year. He crafts articles centered on economic and social justice themes, a number of them receiving the distinction of being reprinted. He currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is works to establish a Children’s Meal Mission satellite. He experiments with community organizing along a spectrum of issues inside Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. He welcomes a lively dialogue about the subject matter discussed in his articles, seeking to inspire a conversation surrounding the question: What does it mean to be an American?
Jeremia Schrock is an award-winning writer living in Fairbanks, AK. He is currently a contributor to the Alaska Commons and Pixels for Pennies and spends his free time playing video games. He also freelances for the Alaska Space Grant Program. He studied history and philosophy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and loves Fanta, jazz, and samurai films. Follow Jeremia on Facebook
John Seiler makes residence in Fairbanks, Alaska. He works at The Comic Shop, a local comic book and is a current student at UAF as a Journalism major, minor currently unknown. He also hosts a radio show for KSUA 91.5 FM called “Spoiler Alert” where he and his co-host talk about news and reviews comics, movies, TV, games and more. You can Follow John on Twitter or like Spoiler Alert on Facebook.
James Shewmake is the science and nerd culture columnist for the Alaska Commons. He also provides photojournalism and general editorial content for the site. He was the 2nd place finalist for the 2013 Alaska Press Club Leslie Ann Murray Award for his editorial piece on science and religion. James holds a Master’s of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. When he is not working on content for the Commons, he is usually dedicating himself to research on subsistence fisheries, time travel, and/or the establishment of a new Galactic Empire. Follow James on Twitter and Google+
Natalie Snyder is Outside sown, but Alaska grown. She’s a wife and mother with a full-time job, allotted debt and requisite civic awareness. An avid slacktivist decades before it was cool, she’s always been willing to lend her voice and/or pen to worthy causes. Literary highlights include many letters to editors, impassioned social network posts and at least 42 notebooks filled with esoteric prose, cartoons and poetry. Follow Natalie on Twitter
Joshua Spring works in radio,and is a student of the Political Sciences specializing in Human Rights Issues. He’s honored to have a place here in the Alaska Commons.