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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.

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Newscast: 08/28/17

Aug 28, 2017

Unalaska’s John Conwell has been named Alaska Superintendent of the Year; the U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a sick mariner from a trawler near Cold Bay; and the Alaska Supreme Court has upheld a veto by Gov. Bill Walker that cut Permanent Fund dividends in half.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sick mariner Friday night from a trawler near Cold Bay.

Officials say the F/V Unimak was fishing 50 miles northwest of the community when a crew member experienced “dizziness, weakness, [and] general confusion.”

Air Station Kodiak sent an HC-130 Hercules helicopter crew to hoist the man from the vessel. He was transported to Cold Bay for emergency medical care.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska’s John Conwell has been named 2018 Alaska Superintendent of the Year.

On Thursday, the longtime leader of the Unalaska City School District received the news at the board of education’s first meeting of the new school year.

“I can’t tell you how honored I am," said Conwell. "You always sit back and think these sorts of accolades aren’t that important, but when you do get one, it’s sort of nice.”

Newscast: 08/24/17

Aug 25, 2017

Officials say they’ve mitigated the pollution threat of the F/V Akutan; Unalaska’s school board gets back to work; and an Alaska chef has won the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. 


The Unalaska City Council hasn’t announced why it has held a pair of closed-door sessions regarding the contract of City Manager Dave Martinson.

But some community members say he refused the council’s request that he discipline Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel sat down with Shockley to hear her take on what’s happening at City Hall.