About the Program

Frontiers, hosted by KTVA’s Rhonda McBride, will explore Alaska’s modern-day frontiers through an economic and native cultural lens. Whether it’s a remote village’s struggle to create an economy, exploring what it takes to build a liquefied natural gas project, or looking at a Southeast Alaska community’s endeavor to create an arts-based economy, KTVA will bring you the faces and the places of Alaska’s new frontier.

 

When it Airs

  • Sundays @ 8:30 AM on KTVA 11 & GCI Channel 1

  • Sundays @ 10:30 PM on KTVA 11

  • Mondays @ 11:00 AM on GCI Channel 1

  • Full episodes, extended interviews and photos on ktva.com/frontiers

 

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Host – Rhonda McBride

Alaska truly is the Last Frontier of great storytelling. Although I’ve been a reporter in Alaska since 1988, my “to do” list of stories is ever a work in progress.

Whether it’s finding ways around the extreme weather or geographical challenges, or creative applications of new technology or ancient traditions, Alaskans are always pushing into new frontiers – and the opportunity to bring that story to you in all of its different incarnations is both an honor and privilege.

I guess I’ll always think of myself as a “Bushrat Journo.” Bushrat is a term popularized by the late Governor Jay Hammond. It was his way of saying that even though he lived in the city, his heart was in the Bush.

For me, it speaks to my roots at KYUK, the public radio and TV station in Bethel that broadcasts in both English and Yup’ik, the predominant Native language in Southwest Alaska. I was news director there for almost 10 years and was lucky to have worked alongside some pioneering Alaska Native journalists and storytellers, who shared their culture and subsistence lifestyle with me. From walrus meat, to salmon strips, to mouse food, I’ve had an authentic taste of life in Rural Alaska.

And no matter what job I’ve had, whether it was a producer for the Alaska Public Radio Network, a reporter at KTUU, or a one-year stint as Governor Sarah Palin’s Rural Advisor, this intimate knowledge of life in Rural Alaska has helped me find success. I’m proud to have been recognized three times by the Society of Professional Journalists as a Sigma Delta Chi winner, one of SPJ’s highest honors, for my coverage of rural voting patterns, fetal alcohol syndrome and climate change.

- Rhonda