Hello, I’m Victoria Petersen, a reporting fellow with The New York Times.

I cover food, education, climate, environment and policy.

I came to The Times as a freelance journalist and a content producer for Alaska Press Club. In spring 2021, I was chosen for Hechinger Report’s inaugural Local News Fellowship project, where I covered how climate change is impacting school infrastructure. My interest in covering climate change and the environment grew after my 2020 internship with High Country News magazine.

I covered the first few months of the pandemic at the Peninsula Clarion, a daily newspaper in Kenai, Alaska, where I cut my teeth reporting on education and local government between 2018 and 2020. While at the Clarion in 2019, I was selected to be an Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellow. The fellowship offered funding and support for a yearlong reporting project: Letters From Alaska, which was focused on education in rural Alaska and was published in both Education Week and the Peninsula Clarion. I also wrote a weekly cooking column for the Clarion until May 2021. I moved to my hometown of Anchorage in May 2020 to cover the pandemic and breaking news with KTVA-11 News’ digital team until the station was sold to Gray Media in Sept. 2020.

I graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in Dec. 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications, and an emphasis in digital media. While attending college, I worked at The Northern Light, where I held positions as a staff reporter, assistant features editor, news editor, copy editor and a columnist. During college, I completed two internships at Alaska Public Media and Anchorage Daily News. My senior capstone project, The Spenardian, evolved into an award-winning hyperlocal news blog and magazine for Anchorage, Alaska’s Spenard neighborhood, from 2016 through 2019.


Alaska Press Club Awards


Third place, Education Reporting


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


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


First place, Vern McCorkle Award for Best Business Reporting
Suzan Nightingale Award for Best Columnist
First place, Best Blog category – for The Spenardian.


Third place, 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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