By Mark C. Robinson
Wrangell Sentinel 

KSTK news director tries Alaska after Michigan and Colorado


January 17, 2024

Mark C. Robinson / Wrangell Sentinel

Colette Czarnecki gets ready for another broadcast day as news director at KSTK.

A year and a half ago, Colette Czarnecki, the new news director at public radio KSTK, had been a trainee in NPR's Next Gen Radio, a five-day, audio-focused journalism project which finds, coaches and trains journalists for public media. Her mentor on the project advised her to try looking for jobs in Alaska.

As Czarnecki checked out public radio jobs in places like Petersburg, Ketchikan and finally Wrangell, she said, "The people that interviewed me, they kept on contacting me and constantly told me, 'Hey, this station is hiring. You should apply.' ... It just felt really supportive of a n...

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