About me

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 a national Edward R. Murrow Award-winning digital team for KTVA 11 News — a broadcast news station in Anchorage — until the station was sold to Gray Media in September 2020.

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

The Spenardian team: Young Kim, Yoshina Okamoto, me, Levi Brown and Samantha Davenport. The four of us met while we were all working at The Northern Light. From there, The Spenardian was born.

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

Reporting at Kenai City Council
The Peninsula Clarion team, sans our fearless editor Erin
The front of the Peninsula Clarion, in downtown Kenai

At the end of 2018, I graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications, with an emphasis in digital media. While attending college, I worked at The Northern Light between 2015 and 2018 — where I held positions as a staff reporter, assistant features editor, news editor, copy editor and a columnist. While attending college, I also completed two internships at Alaska Public Media and Anchorage Daily News.

Samantha Davenport and I in The Northern Light office. Photo courtesy Jay Guzman.

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 was focused on education in rural Alaska.

My work has been featured in news outlets across Alaska, as well as in national and international publications.

Awards

Alaska Press Club Awards

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

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

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.

2016

Third place in general news

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.

In 2016, I won an award from The Northern Light for ‘Most stories written in a single semester.’

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