As the new mayor of Anchorage, Ethan Berkowitz promises to usher in an age of bi-partisan leadership.


His opponents, though, are skeptical. They remember all too well the Democrat’s sharp barbs during his ten-year stint in the legislature, in which he served as House Minority Leader.


Just after his inauguration, KTVA’s Rhonda McBride sat down with Berkowitz at his home in Turnagain to talk about politics of the past, present and future.


Among the topics you’ll hear about in this extended conversation with Berkowitz:


-his friendship with the late Gov. Walter Hickel,

-balancing challenges and opportunities

-his opponents’ claims that his administration looks like a carbon copy of Democrat Mark Begich’s

-how Anchorage’s ethnic diversity should be used as a strength

-plans to work with the Alaska Native community

-statewide role of the Anchorage mayor

-criticism he’ll be soft on unions

-community policing philosophy

-tackling the Port of Anchorage’s chronic construction problems

-reasons why he doesn’t support the Knik Arm Bridge


The entire Frontiers episode focuses on the new administration. In that episode, Rhonda spoke with his family, friends and colleagues. Additionally, you’ll hear from several former mayors. It will air Sunday, July 12 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.