He came to Alaska in 1991 to cover state politics for APRN and has logged an impressive 22 legislative sessions. He arrived in Juneau from North Carolina, thinking he would only stay one year. But like many Alaskans, he fell in love with the state and its capital city almost instantly.
Donaldson turned off his tape deck Thursday for retirement. In this interview with APRN’s Lori Townsend, he says he had a great first impression of the legislature and state lawmakers:
- At 44 years, Festus was the longest-sighted humpback whale recorded in Southeast Alaska.
- Gunfire and an explosion hit Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, where at least 28 people have died, according to the Turkish Justice Ministry.
- Sealaska officials are working to bring more than $100 million in investments back to southeast Alaska as well as the Pacific Northwest to benefit the company and its shareholders.
- A federal agency wants to create a committee to bridge the gap between federal housing programs and Native communities.