The Recover Alaska Media Project supports the efforts of Recover Alaska and the Anchorage Daily News to partner on a year-long journalistic investigation of the impact of alcohol on the state.

Risky substance use and addiction are the largest preventable and most costly health problems and the leading causes of preventable death in the U.S.[1] Results from the Healthy Alaskans 2020 survey showed that alcohol use and abuse is the top health issue important to Alaskans. A recent report found that the impact of alcohol and drug abuse in Alaska in 2010 was approximately $1.2 billion[2].

Recover Alaska, a collaborative of Alaska-based funding organizations, and Alaska’s largest newspaper, Anchorage Daily News, are partnering on a year-long journalistic investigation of the impact of alcohol on our state. As part of its work, the collaborative will underwrite the costs for a photographer and reporter to spend a year documenting the many facets of the use and toll of alcohol on Alaska society.

The project is supported through the Recover Alaska Media Project Fund at The Alaska Community Foundation. Initial contributors to the fund include the Alaska Children’s Trust, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Providence Health & Services Alaska, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Wells Fargo and Rasmuson Foundation.

The newspaper will maintain editorial control over all reporting the project supports. The content produced through the partnership will be accessible via ADN’s print and electronic platforms. In most cases, materials are available for reprint.

Assigned to the project is Kyle Hopkins, a reporter with the Anchorage Daily News since 2005 who has been the primary journalist covering rural Alaska. The assigned photographer is Marc Lester, who has worked at the ADN since 1999. The project will be directed by Pat Dougherty, executive editor.

Project manager for Recover Alaska is Rasmuson Foundation Program Officer Aleesha Towns-Bain. Contact Aleesha at atowns-bain@rasmuson.org.

[1] CASA Columbia http://www.casacolumbia.org 2013.

[2] McDowell Group Report on the Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Alaska 2012.

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