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


Jury Pool Convenes for Homicide Trial

Tuesday, September 02 2014

Jury selection started today in the trial of two men accused of beating their co-worker to death.

Leonardo Bongolto, Jr. and Denison Soria were processing workers at Bering Fisheries back in February 2012 when they allegedly got into a fight with Jonathan Adams. Adams, 55, was found on the steps of his bunkhouse with severe head injuries, and died the same evening.

Bongolto, now 36, and Soria, 42, are now being tried for second-degree murder. They each face a felony assault charge, and both men stand accused of tampering with physical evidence in the case. 


Shell Sketches Plans for Arctic Drilling in 2015

Thursday, August 28 2014


Shell's tentative exploration plan for 2015 includes the Noble Discoverer drill rig.

Shell Oil took its first step toward returning to the Arctic this morning.

The company filed a new plan to explore the Chukchi Sea with federal regulators in Anchorage.

But as KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal reports, that filing is far from a commitment.


Alaska Politicians Float Russian Fish Embargo

Tuesday, August 26 2014


Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB

Alaska’s congressional delegation is pressing for a quick resolution to the country's seafood standoff with Russia.

The politicians sent a letter to President Barack Obama today, asking him to pick up the pace of negotiations so Russia will drop their import ban on American fish. But if diplomats can’t make that happen, the Alaska delegation wants to see a ban on Russian seafood entering the United States.


Summer Quake Spurs Researchers to Amchitka

Monday, August 25 2014


Amchitka Island (Courtesy of USFWS)

A team of scientists is descending on a former nuclear test site in the Aleutians today to look for damage from a massive earthquake.

The 7.9 quake that struck this June was pretty close to the old nuclear sites at Amchitka, according to the federal site manager.


Alaska Seafood Companies Seek Retaliatory Ban on Russian Fish

Friday, August 22 2014


A pallet of raw surimi at UniSea's plant in Unalaska. UniSea planned to export about 500 tons of raw surimi to Russia this season. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

It’s been just over two weeks since Russia banned imports of American food products into its country. Now, Alaska’s seafood industry is asking the U.S. government to strike back.

Terry Shaff is the president of UniSea -- one of 10 major processing companies that’s lobbying to get Russian seafood kicked out of the United States.


New Book Casts Spotlight on Traditional Foods

Thursday, August 21 2014


Courtesy of APIA

Food has been a crucial part of the Unangan culture for centuries.

But in the Aleutian and Pribilof islands, people are relying less on the land and sea and more on their local store.

KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports on a new effort to promote subsistence living -- in print.


Third Westward Employee Charged in Air Pollution Case

Monday, August 18 2014

Federal attorneys have filed more charges as they continue an investigation into Clean Air Act violations at the Westward Seafoods plant in Unalaska.

Between 2009 and 2011, James Hampton was the engineer in charge of Westward's powerhouse. That includes a water injection system for reducing potentially harmful emissions of nitrogen dioxide. 

Prosecutors say that pollution equipment was mostly turned off on Hampton's watch. And now, Hampton is facing a felony charge for giving false data to his environmental compliance manager to make it look like the pollution system was up and running.


Interior Dept. Doubles Down on Izembek Road

Friday, August 15 2014

Over the past eight months, the village of King Cove has waged a constant campaign to get a road built through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge -- even suing officials in the Interior Department.

Interior has been mostly silent on the issue until now.


Emergency Responders Concoct Chemical Mystery

Thursday, August 14 2014


Four local businesses helped arrange the hazmat scene on Front Beach. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

Fire trucks and military officers in hazmat suits swarmed Front Beach Wednesday night.

But the risk wasn't real: It was all part of a drill for Unalaska’s fire department and the National Guard’s visiting Civil Support Team.

KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal was there, and has this postcard from the scene.


Tustumena Stops for Drug Search in Sand Point

Wednesday, August 13 2014


(Credit: Nancy Heise)

Sand Point police received a tip from a ferry employee while the Tustumena was still on its way into port.


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