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Liz Raines

By Liz Raines 1:02 AM January 20, 2014

Reporter

As an Anchorage native I am excited to cover the issues that matter most to my community, friends and family. My dad was a member of the U.S. Air Force, and growing up on JBER, my childhood friends and I took pride in being “military brats.” I loved the opportunities the military provided for my family to travel.

I was born in Tokyo and lived in Japan until the age of seven, when we moved to Alaska. Early on, I became fascinated with learning more about how people live their lives around the world.

I graduated from Service High School in 2008 (Go Cougars!), and hopped the pond to study journalism at La Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain, soon after. As a student there, I was able to participate in exchange programs to France and Belgium.

When I’m not working at KTVA, I like to put my language skills to use as an interpreter/translator with the Alaska Immigration for Justice Project.

Living outside of the United States has allowed me a privileged perspective on Alaska’s reputation abroad, and has rekindled my love for this land that is so extraordinary.

It’s great to be back!

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