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Miriam Trujillo at the Nome Beach in June of 2021. Photo by Brisa Alarcon

Miriam grew up in the Midwest, originally in Madison, WI, but then moved to Northwest Indiana when she was eight.

“That’s home for me, since Indiana is where my mind, heart, and imagination grew up,” Miriam says. Although her family recently moved to Dallas, TX, she still considers herself a Hoosier.

She attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. for her undergrad, where she double majored in musicology and philosophy with a minor in Classics. Although Miriam is a classically trained opera singer, she says her hope was always to work in media. “I want to convey the beauty that I found in my studies to listeners and to readers. Media, and radio in particular, was so attractive to me because it is such a natural way to accompany a listener and remind them of the beauty of ordinary life with a good song or story,” she says.

Miriam has had a deep love for the cold and has specifically had a longing to go north and live in Alaska. “I can’t think of any better place to find beauty than in the region of Western Alaska! I always had a strong love for the winters that came my way in Indiana, and I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Discovering KNOM, a radio station with a similar mission to mine, that was situated in Western Alaska was like a dream come true,” Miriam says.

She says she looks forward to integrating herself in Nome’s community and has already felt welcomed. When she’s not on the air, she hopes to continue working on her language skills. She’s currently learning Danish and has recently started learning Hebrew and Yiddish. She also describes herself as an amateur Latinist who translates Ancient Roman literature as a hobby. Miriam also writes, and has a novel and several short stories in the works. “I don’t make up stories, I dig them out of the earth. Alaska has already proven to be full of beautiful stories,” she says exuberantly.