Story49: “I Gave Myself Permission”

Laureli Ivanoff stands on the beach in Unalakleet.

Laureli Ivanoff was born and raised in Unalakleet. She left her hometown to study journalism at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks and was gone for 20 years. She returned more determined than ever to tell stories that celebrate life in rural Alaska.

Click above to listen to more of Laureli’s story; you can also read her work on her website.

If you or someone you know has a story to share, contact KNOM at 443-5221 or by email at

Story49: Sharing your story, your voice, your Alaska.

Image at top: Laureli Ivanoff at home in Unalakleet. Photo: Zoe Grueskin/KNOM. Music in this episode by Mystery Mammal and Podington Bear.