Koahnic Sweeps Native American Journalists Association Awards

As the media center for Alaska Native and Native American voices, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation delivers music programming, news and popular shows to a broad listenership in Southcentral Alaska, with special attention given to Alaska Native people and other ethnic minorities.

On Sept. 8, Koahnic took home awards in six categories at the 2017 Native American Journalists Association awards. The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Native and non-Native journalists across the U.S. and Canada.

In the radio category of General Excellence, CIRI descendant Alexis Sallee received first place for the programs “Earthsongs” and “Native Voice 1.” Koahnic also placed in the radio categories of Best Feature Story and Best News Story. For its collaboration with New Mexico PBS, Koahnic received first place in three separate television categories: Best Feature Story, Best News Story and General Excellence.

“We don’t put our all into the work we do to win awards, but it’s always rewarding to be recognized by our colleagues and peers in the business,” said Art Hughes, Koahnic executive producer of national programs.

CIRI-affiliated Koahnic Broadcast Corporation is a nonprofit, Alaska Native-governed and –operated media center based in Anchorage. For more information, including a live radio stream, visit www.KNBA.org.