Joaqlin Estus

News Director - KNBA

  Joaqlin is Tlingit and English-Irish. She’s of the Raven moiety, Ḵaach.ádi clan, from Wrangell in southeast Alaska.

At KNBA, Joaqlin is responsible for producing daily newscasts, a monthly call-in show, and special projects such as short series, interviews, and one-hour shows on tribal sovereignty, climate change and Alaska Natives, and the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.

Her radio news reporting experience includes work at KTOO, in Juneau; at KNOW-Minnesota Public Radio, in St. Paul, Minnesota; and an internship at the Alaska Public Radio Network. She’s also hosted a televised Legislative news show for KTOO, and worked on other TV and film projects.

Other work experience includes serving as public communications director for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium; as a coordinator for the Alaska Coastal Management Program; and as a historian for the National Park Service.

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KNBA Newscast for October 6, 2015

Candlelight vigil honors people who died on the streets of Anchorage

By Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Radio Network

Sunday night about 70 community members gathered on the Park Strip in Anchorage to honor the seven people who died while living outside on the streets this summer. The candle light vigil was held on the same spot where people gathered 32 years ago to demand an emergency shelter for people without housing.

KNBA News for Sept. 30, 2015

Mexican consulate in Anchorage to close

By Associated Press

Mexico is closing its consulate in Anchorage. KTVA-TV reports that members of the city's Hispanic community are starting a petition drive to keep it open. Daniel Esparza said nearly 4,000 Mexicans in Alaska receive services at the consulate annually. So far he has collected about 900 signatures. A representative from the consulate in Seattle will be in Anchorage today to discuss the closure.

Joaqlin Estus / KBNA

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA  

Following a speech by President Obama on climate change, the mood at the Alaska Airlines Center at University of Alaska Anchorage was far from somber. Mala White sang the national anthem at a celebration of diversity and welcome party for the President hosted by the Alaska Federation of Natives and dozens of other community organizations. She was followed by Shalena Hansen singing "The Alaska Flag."

courtesy of Marc Lester

President Barack Obama is in Alaska to learn and talk about climate change. Before giving a speech to dozens of foreign ministers and dignitaries from around the world attending a conference on climate change, the president met with Alaska Native leaders. 

President Obama spent an hour meeting with a dozen Alaska Native leaders from across the state on Monday, including Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium president Andy Teuber.

Photo by Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

KNBA presents a radio series: Climate Change and Alaska Natives, broadcast December 8-12, 2014 during KNBA Morning News at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. The five-part series builds on our past climate change coverage.  

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The focus of the series is on the effects of climate change on Alaska Native homelands, and the traditional practice of gathering and sharing food from the land and sea.

KNBA news brings you special coverage of Alaska Federation of Natives and Native Vote Alaska U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates’ forum.  The forum was recorded Monday, June 9th, at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, during the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Convention.  The 1-hour-and-nine-minute forum was moderated by UAA 2014 Atwood Chair Mark Trahant, and features a panel of Alaska Native leaders asking questions.Candidates included Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan, Byron Mallott, and Bill Walker.

Joaqlin Estus


March 17 - 21, 2014,  As a part of KNBA Morning News, News Director Joaqlin Estus shared a series of stories that discuss the value of Elders, the personal rewards of maturity and the opportunities and challenges of an aging Alaskan population. 

This special news series was made possible through a MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship, a project of New Media and the Gerontological Society of America.