KUCB KIAL Unalaska Community Broadcasting

Laura Kraegel


Originally from Chicago, Laura moved to Alaska to work at KNOM Radio, reporting on Nome and the Bering Strait Region. Now, she’s excited to cover Unalaska and the Aleutians while still living on the Bering Sea.

Ways to Connect

Melissa Good / Alaska Sea Grant

Unalaskans are used to spotting marine mammals around the island.

But lately, they're not just seeing whales or otters. They're seeing ringed seals — an Arctic species that typically lives far north of the ice-free Aleutian Islands.

Now, scientists are monitoring the unusual visitors to find out why they're here.  

Newscast: 05/03/18

May 3, 2018

Ringed seal sightings have skyrocketed in Unalaska; the island’s Russian Orthodox Church is planning for another restoration project; and the Channel 8 Auction is tomorrow night.

Newscast: 05/02/18

May 2, 2018

Alaskans are discussing new ways to make salmon sustainable; a business deal behind the proposed Pebble Mine has been delayed again; and three reporters followed the journey of Sitka’s trash to a Lower 48 landfill.


For the first time in 18 years, Unalaska won't collect detailed data on the salmon run at McLees Lake this summer.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) spent months trying to secure funding for the Wislow fish weir.

But last week, biologist Lisa Fox announced that it was too late to keep searching.

Newscast: 05/01/18

May 1, 2018

Unalaska’s community clean-up week has begun; the island won’t collect any data on the McLees Lake salmon run this summer; and Alaska North Slope crude has jumped above $70 per barrel.