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March 25, 2021 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

Rose Lawhorne, then the chief nursing officer for Bartlett Regional Hospital, walks through a newly converted COVID-19 patient spillover facility in April, 2020. Lawhorne has just been picked to serve as Bartlett's new CEO, filling the vacancy left by Chuck Bill. (photo and story by Rashah McChesney).

But first… 

KTOO's newest reporter Claire Stremple and I have been joking lately that she's on the "bump beat" -- because she's done several terrific stories about maternal health and childbirth in Alaska, including this one featured on NPR's Morning Edition today about a rural Alaska woman who had to leave her community during COVID-19 for her pregnancy. 

As someone with a young child at home, I know what it feels like to be invisible to the news. Before I had a child, I didn't pay attention to issues of pregnancy, reproductive health, infant mortality, nutrition or early childhood education. But now I know that these are crucial issues that are top-of-mind for so many people in our communities.

I'm so glad we have Claire here to shed some light on what are essentially human rights issues that many newsrooms ignore. But I also know that there must be so many other people whose stories we're still ignoring. Can you help by sharing where you see gaps in our coverage? You can reply to this email or send a news tip using our contact form.

We can't promise to be everywhere at once, but we do have the power to shift our priorities to what matters to you.

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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Kids visit the Anchorage Museum and learn what a land acknowledgement is. Later, they write one for their school. Our own land acknowledgement is just a little further down the page.

KTOO Public Media would like to acknowledge the L'eeneidí and the Wooshkeetaan of the Áak’w Khwáan. Our broadcast studios are on their ancestral homeland. Our building sits on fill that was once tideland and part of what is called the Indian Village. The families of the Juneau Indian Village, like their ancestors, cherish and depend upon their immediate connection to the waterfront. KTOO is working to lift up Tlingit voices and the Tlingit language. Please excuse us for our mistakes, and gunalchéesh for your patience as we learn.

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