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.
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.
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 currently the Lead Coordinator of the By2015:AMERICA Movement. He is a graduate of Leadership Anchorage (Year 12) and UAA. Born inside the Fairview neighborhood, he is passionate about America addressing child hunger from personal experience as a community activist. Nosakhere considers his attendance at the Million Man March pivotal to his belief that Americans can change America for the better.
James Primm is a life long Alaskan, father,and student, and according to him super sexy talented musician.
James wishes to bring understanding to complex issues and to promote new ways of thinking about society. He believes it is time that Alaskan get a place where they here issues that concern them, and to bring light to stories that never get attention.
Zach D. Roberts is a photo/video journalist who’s work has been seen in the Observer, The Guardian Online, TheNation.com, The Minnesota Independent and many more. For the past 5 years he’s been working as a researcher/producer for Greg Palast he produced several DVD’s and news pieces for BBC Newsnight. Zach edited Palast and RFK Jr’s Steal Back Your Vote -which had nearly 100,000 downloads and print copies distributed throughout the country.
Zach has been detained in New Orleans by Exxon Mobil security, threatened with arrest over 3 dozen times and was finally arrested during the #D17 OWS Protests. Currently he works regularly, as a writer for SuicideGirls.com, is the NY Editor of TheMudflats.net and a contributor to AlaskaCommons.com. Follow Zach on Twitter.
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
James Shewmake is a Dark Lord of the Sith, when he’s not practicing the “superstitious” art of manipulating the Dark Side of the Force or doing the bidding of the Empire, he sits in the shadows and plots new ways to twist Galactic Society to his dark will. Mostly a moral support to Alaska Commons, he spends most of his less sinister efforts working on graduate research in fisheries management. 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.