Hello – I’m Victoria Petersen, a journalist in Anchorage, Alaska.

From July until December 2020, I will be interning remotely with High Country News.

I worked as a content producer on the digital team for KTVA, a broadcast news station in Anchorage, until they were sold to Gray Media in August 2020.

I am the founder and editor-in-chief of The Spenardian, an award-winning hyperlocal news source for Anchorage’s Spenard neighborhood. 

From 2018-2020 I was a local government and education reporter at the Peninsula Clarion, a regional newspaper on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.

At the beginning of 2019, I was selected to be the year’s Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellow. The fellowship offered funding and support for a reporting project, called Letters From Alaska, which is focused on education in rural Alaska.

Before moving to Kenai in 2018, I was the copy editor and a columnist at the University of Alaska Anchorage student newspaper, The Northern Light. I also worked as an intern for Alaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News (now Anchorage Daily News).

Work

Beyond

Outside of Alaska, my work has been featured in Eaten Magazine,  Education Week,   Associated Press, First We Feast, Great British Chefs and Cruise Critic.

Awards

In 2019, The Spenardian took home a third place award in the External Publications category at the Public Relations Society of America-Alaska Chapter Aurora Awards.

Awards

Alaska Press Club

2019

  • First place in Education Reporting
  •  Third place in Best Reporting on Government and Politics
  •  First place for Best Blog – The Spenardian
  •  First place for Best Overall Magazine – The Spenardian issue 5
  • Third place for Best Magazine Cover – The Spenardian issue 6

2017

  • First place in the Vern McCorkle Award for Best Business Reporting
  • Third place in the Suzan Nightingale Award for Best Columnist
  • First place in the Best Blog category – for her blog The Spenardian.

2018

  • Third place in the Best Reporting on Government and Politics
  • Third place in the Best Blog category – for The Spenardian
  • Third place for the Best Magazine Cover category – for The Spenardian, issue 3

2016

  • Third place in general news