We passed a weird benchmark over the weekend. Sept. 12th marked six months of the pandemic here in Alaska.
Our timeline of coronavirus coverage lays it out in all its longest, shortest time glory: On March 12th, a cargo pilot in Anchorage became the first known positive case of COVID-19. "Everything changed then, and quickly," writes KTOO's web editor Ian Dickson, "Fixtures of our lives fell like dominoes"
March 13th was the last day the KTOO staff worked from our building in downtown Juneau. We have employees who have joined us since who haven't set foot in the station. I've been to virtual journalism conferences and awards ceremonies -- doing all the things I normally would during the spring and summer, but from the comfort of my bedroom closet. I haven't left the borough since January.
Anyway, it's a bizarre exercise to think back on how much has changed in the past six months. I hope KTOO's COVID-19 look-back will inspire you to do your own reflection. Despite a lot of very difficult adjustments, are there some things in your life that have changed for the better? I'm curious to hear about them. Send me your thoughts at @YearofJen or by replying to this email.
-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor