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John Aronno is an Alaska Press Club Award winner for best political reporting print-small, best education reporting print-small, runner up for the 2014 Leslie Ann Murray Award, and two time recipient of the Suzan Nightengale Award for Best Columnist print-small. A former radio show host and touring musician, Aronno has had his work featured on the Rachel Maddow Show, the Huffington Post, the Anchorage Press, the Alaska Dispatch, and the Advocate. 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 or email him.


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. Barker was the recipient of the 2014 Alaska Press Club award for best short feature, print-small, third place.


Jamey Duhamel is a life long Alaskan who recently defected to Portland but still loves her frigid home state. In addition to producing way too many children with her husband, she has tepid political dreams and an activist streak. Jamey contributes the weekly animal adoption and meme posts and prefers to be referred to as “The Queen of Meme.” All hail.


Tonei Glavinic is an activist, educator, and lifelong Alaskan, currently figuring out what life after grad school looks like. Tonei is a four-time Pride Foundation Scholar and received the 2011 Richard L. Schlegel Legion of Honor Award forEmerging LGBT Activist. They have been featured on National Public Radio, and received a 2008 Alaska Press Club award for Best Education Reporting while working with the Alaska Teen Media Institute. Tonei holds an MA in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in Political Science and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies from American University.


Ivan Hodes Ivan Hodes is a public school teacher in the Anchorage School District, and a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.



Warren Jones studied political science at UAA. He is a Marine Corps veteran having served with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance battalion as a scout from 2002 to 2006. Warren was born in Bethel, and spent his childhood years in Nome and Palmer, and currently resides in Anchorage. Warren is Gwich’in, Yup’ik, and Inupiaq by proximity. Warren is married to his beautiful wife Sacha Jones, and they have two children Cash and Rowan.


Kokayi Nosakhere 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 his home in Fairbanks, Alaska. He works at The Comic Shop – a local comic book store – and is currently a Journalism major at UAF. He also hosts Spoiler Alert on KSUA 91.5 FM, a radio program where he and a co-host talk about comics, movies, TV, games and more. You can Follow John on Twitter or like Spoiler Alert on Facebook.


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


Ammon SwensonAmmon Swenson is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Anchorage. He is a journalism student at UAA, focusing on integrated media. He is the News Director at KRUA 88.1 FM and hosts the News Feed on Fridays at 4:00.


Craig Tuten moved from Florida to Alaska with his wife Rachael in 2006. He studied history at Florida State University while everybody else was having a good time. It is hard to list a low-wage job he hasn’t briefly held.