News Director

Lauren joined KUCB as a summer intern, and stuck around to work as a producer and reporter. She now covers transportation, local politics, Arctic shipping, unexploded ordnance, and much more.

In the past, Lauren has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Conservation Minnesota. She is a product of western Washington State.


The Exchange: A New Account of Shell's Arctic Exploits

Wednesday, January 21 2015

(Credit: Deca Stories)

In this segment, journalist McKenzie Funk discusses "Of Ice and Men," his new eBook on Shell Oil's Arctic drilling ambitions. 

The Exchange: Fish, Fuel Drive Unalaska's Budget Outlook

Wednesday, January 21 2015

Courtesy of City of Unalaska

In this segment, natural resource analyst Frank Kelty and finance director Patricia Soule discuss the impact that falling oil and fish prices will have on Unalaska's municipal budget. 

Bering Sea Pollock Fishery Casts Off

Tuesday, January 20 2015

Ron Mitchell drops nets onto the deck of the F/V Seadawn. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

The Bering Sea’s largest fishery opened up on Tuesday afternoon. Pollock crews are gearing up for a potential increase in their harvest -- while still keeping an open mind about what the winter has in store. 

Within hours of arriving in Unalaska on Tuesday morning, the crew of the Seadawn was back to work. 

"We’ll just get everything on the boat and then we can start organizing it," Ron Mitchell yelled as he stacked extra nets on deck using a crane.

Raider Basketball Teams Tip Off

Monday, January 19 2015

The Unalaska Raiders hit the court this weekend for their first basketball games of the season.

The girls' team traveled to Naknek for three hard-fought matches against Bristol Bay High School, while the boys logged two victories at home against the Bristol Bay Angels. 

Raider Boys Bounce Past Bristol Bay

Monday, January 19 2015

The Unalaska Raiders came out strong in their first home basketball games of the season.

The Raider boys defeated the Bristol Bay Angels in back-to-back matches on Thursday and Friday. They won by more than 40 points each time.

On Saturday, the coaches decided to switch gears. Bryan Anderson of Bristol Bay and the Raiders’ Kent Russell agreed to cancel their final game.

Girls' Basketball Preview: Lady Raiders Stake Out Southwest Region

Monday, January 19 2015

The Lady Raiders hit the court this weekend for their first games of the season. Coach Julie Herman sat down with KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal to recap the girls' performance at Bristol Bay High School -- and the challenges they'll face on the road to state championships.

As Energy Prices Slip, Shell Drops Investment Project

Friday, January 16 2015

Shell Oil hasn’t given any indication how falling oil prices would affect its Arctic drilling program.

But the company is pulling the plug on another project that’s just as costly.

Bloomberg reports that the company will not build a $6.5 billion petrochemical plant in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar.

Plunging Oil Prices Cast Doubt on Arctic Drilling

Thursday, January 15 2015

As oil prices continue to plummet, some corporations are scaling back on expensive exploration projects -- like drilling in Arctic waters.

But as KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports, one company with a major stake in the region has yet to tip its hand.

Royal Dutch Shell has been quiet about whether it’s still planning to go back to Alaska this summer for the first time in three years.

Adak Fish Plant Seeks Additional Operators

Monday, January 12 2015

Adak's processing plant opened in 1999 -- two years after the Navy closed down operations on the island.

The community of Adak depends on its fish processing plant for jobs and tax revenue. But they’ve struggled to keep the lights on over the years.

Now, the plant’s latest operator is looking for new partners to help shoulder the financial burden. KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal has more.

The Adak Cod Cooperative formed in 2013, when two businessmen with experience in salmon fisheries decided to branch out.

Boys' Basketball Preview: Returning Raiders Anchor Varsity Team

Friday, January 09 2015

Now that winter’s here, basketball season is heating up in Southwest Alaska. 

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