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.

email: rosenthal@kucb.org


Unalaska Holds On As America's Top Fishing Port

Wednesday, October 29 2014


Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB

The port of Dutch Harbor will hang onto its title as the nation’s busiest fishing port for another year.

According to the latest rankings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about 753 million pounds of seafood were landed here in 2013. That’s more than any other port in America. It's also the 17th consecutive year Unalaska has gotten that distinction.

It’s mostly due to the large volume of pollock brought in from the Bering Sea, along with crab and other groundfish. Those deliveries were worth slightly less last year. But at $197 million, they were still the second most profitable in the nation.


Shell Seeks 5-Year Extension on Arctic Leases

Monday, October 27 2014

Shell Oil has spent the better part of a decade -- and more than $6 billion -- trying to explore prospects in the Alaskan Arctic.

But they have little to show for it.

Now that the clock is ticking down on their oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, Shell is asking regulators for more time.

The company is seeking a five-year suspension from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, or BSEE, to keep its leases from expiring. 

Shell's request has been in process since July. But it wasn't public until Monday, when the conservation group Oceana distributed a copy to the media.


Unangan Language Speakers Witness Bill Signing

Monday, October 27 2014


(Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)

Before the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention wrapped up in Anchorage last week, a handful of attendees made history. They watched as Governor Sean Parnell signed legislation making Alaska Native dialects -- like Unangam Tunuu -- official languages in the state. 

KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal heard from two speakers of the Aleutian-Pribilof language who were there to witness the event.


Two Charged With Mailing Drugs to Unalaska

Friday, October 24 2014

Jesse Lee, 24, is accused of sending roughly $70,000 worth of drugs from Washington State to Unalaska this month. The destination was a post office box that's registered to Lee and 30-year-old Kyle Eby.


Lego To Break Off Branding Agreement With Shell Oil

Thursday, October 23 2014


Courtesy of Greenpeace

Shell Oil might be known for selling fuel, but their logo isn’t limited to gas stations.

They’ve also appeared on Lego toy sets for the last 50 years under a unique marketing agreement.

Now, that’s breaking down under pressure from environmentalists. 


Council Race Heads to Runoff in Adak

Wednesday, October 22 2014

Election Day is turning into election month for voters in Adak, as they prepare for a local runoff.


Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Crabber

Tuesday, October 21 2014

Just days after crab season kicked off, the Coast Guard was called to airlift an injured fisherman this weekend.

The man was loading gear aboard the F/V Icy Mist on Sunday when he was struck by a crab pot. His arm and leg were hurt badly enough that a Coast Guard duty surgeon recommended a medevac.

The Icy Mist was about 150 miles south of Sand Point -- hours away from the nearest flight base.


False Pass Forges Ahead With Tidal Power

Tuesday, October 21 2014


Courtesy of Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association

The 40-odd residents of False Pass have waited years to find out if their turbulent seas could ever be used as a source of energy. Now, they may finally have an answer -- and a path to renewable power.


Fisherman Dies After Medical Crisis At Sea

Friday, October 17 2014


Credit: Hockema & Whalen Associates

An Unalaska-based fishing vessel lost a crew member this week after a medical emergency on the water.

Jonathan Brown, 44, of Colorado, was working on the F/V Cynosure Wednesday morning when he started showing symptoms from an existing health condition.

The crew took Brown to Atka for treatment at the local clinic. Within a half hour of arriving, Brown had passed away.

The Alaska State Troopers have arranged for an autopsy. But as trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen wrote in an email Friday, they don't suspect foul play.


American Seafoods Settles Over Scale Tampering

Wednesday, October 15 2014

A Seattle-based seafood company accused of stealing groundfish from the Bering Sea has agreed to pay up.

American Seafoods will pay $1.75 million to settle violations on three of its catcher-processors. The American Dynasty, the Ocean Rover, and the Northern Eagle were all accused of tampering with their scales for weighing fish at sea over a five-year period.


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