Updated On: Nov 11 2013 09:00:00 AM AKST
Samantha Angaiak is proud to call herself a lifelong Alaskan who grew up in the Yukon-Kuskokwim town of Bethel. She has been with KTUU since 2011 in a news production role and recently was promoted to the role of Reporter/Weekend Producer for Channel 2 News.
Growing up in the Bethel area, Samantha worked as a part-time dog handler for a local musher for 7 years before her graduation from Bethel High School in 2005. Samantha was recognized as a National Junior Honor Society member and a State Champion in Native Youth Olympics.
Samantha's interest in journalism was sparked while in college at Brown University in Rhode Island. She says her love for adventure led her from the biggest state in the country to the smallest. At Brown, Samantha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English while also finding time to enjoy sports as a member of Brown's women's Crew team.
Following graduation from Brown, Samantha moved back to Alaska, a memory she refers to as "a glorious road trip from Rhode Island to Alaska." Once home, she spent time writing memoirs and even completed some gold panning before applying to work for KTUU, the news station she grew up watching.
In her free time, Samantha enjoys writing, rowing, snowshoeing, hiking and running. Spending time at her family's cabin in the Kilbuck Mountains, she enjoys fishing, panning, and 4-wheeling. Samantha completed the Alaska Women's Run in 2012 and vows to run again in 2013. Her future goals include completing a marathon and becoming a published author.
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