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A candidate’s visit

Byron Mallott with Laureli and Ric

Pictured above is Alaska gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott alongside KNOM’s news director Laureli Kinneen and general manager Ric Schmidt.

Mallott has made history in recent months by becoming the first Alaska Native to declare a candidacy for governor and by receiving the official endorsement of a major political party (Mallott is running as a Democrat). While in Nome this past December, the candidate paid a visit to KNOM studios.

Thanks to your support, KNOM Radio – especially its news department – has built a solid reputation as a trustworthy, professional, and thoroughly non-partisan organization. Our good relationship with the people who make decisions in Alaska, at both the state and local levels, has kept KNOM at the forefront of news and information, especially with regards to the government decisions and legislation that have the greatest potential to affect life in rural Alaska.

Now, as always, KNOM never takes political sides, whether on issues or candidates. Our neutral stance allows us to invite respectful conversations and input from both our listeners and the government leaders that make decisions on our listeners’ behalf.

As a result, we’ve been host to candidates and policy-makers, like Byron Mallott, from all across the political spectrum. This access makes our news reporting better, and we know our listeners appreciate it. Thanks for making it possible!

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