Host: Frontiers with Rhonda McBride

One of the biggest joys and honor of my long career in journalism has been to bring you KTVA’s Frontiers show every Sunday.

It is a way to share stories you might not find anywhere else. 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 gets longer by the year.

Some of you might be surprised to know I was a TV anchor-reporter in Las Vegas and Reno – and before that worked at KMVT in Twin Falls, Idaho. But it wasn’t until I moved to Bethel to work at KYUK, a public radio and TV station, that I truly found my calling. KYUK 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.

I hope you feel some of that authenticity on Frontiers, where our motto is: The people, places and spirit of Alaska.

Frontiers is the culmination of what I’ve learned from a series of jobs, which include the Alaska Public Radio Network, KAKM-Channel 7 and KTUU-Channel 2 – as well as one year working for Gov. Sarah Palin as her Rural Advisor.  

I’m very lucky to have had support from my husband, Michael Faubion, and our son, Matt. Both are musicians who keep me entertained and humble. I tried my hand at playing a stand-up bass and ukulele – but don’t worry, I won’t give up my day job. 

Here at KTVA, we believe in that saying: the shortest distance between two people is a story.    

Frontiers is a show that sheds light on both the opportunities and challenges we Alaskans face – a chance to make a difference.  Every time I check off one of those stories on that “to do list” I told you about, it is one of the most satisfying feelings. And yet, I always feel the best in Alaska television journalism is yet to come. The more I know, the less I know, and that makes every day a true Frontier.