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The New Class

Two women, wearing autumnal jackets, stand next to a cabin situated among high grass along a rural Alaska coastline.

Newly-arrived KNOM volunteer Katie Kazmierski has just finished a weekend retreat and arrival orientation with her fellow 2018-19 “classmate,” Emily Hofstaedter. The two spent time in reflection, preparing for their year of service, with KNOM staffers and board member Father Ross Tozzi.

Katie hails from Manalapan, New Jersey, and is a recent graduate of Loyola University in Maryland, where she cut her teeth in radio at station WLOY. In Nome, she’ll further those skills executing many duties, from news gathering and live reporting to on-air hosting and production.

Image at top: Katie and Emily at the site of the autumn volunteer fellow retreat: an old “roadhouse” miles past the outskirts of Nome, along the coast of the Seward Peninsula. Photo: Davis Hovey, KNOM.

Inside the cabin, Katie (foreground) and Emily (not pictured) chat with Fr. Ross Tozzi during the retreat.
Katie (foreground) and Emily (not pictured) chat with Fr. Ross Tozzi during the retreat. Photo: Davis Hovey, KNOM.

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We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.