In early 2019, Petersen was chosen as the second ever Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellow.

“Victoria Petersen of the Peninsula Clarion will use the fellowship to report how cultural and geographic barriers, teacher shortages, historical developments, and more have shaped schooling in Alaska.”

Her project, Letters from Alaska, included three pieces covering an in-state student cultural exchange program, how school administrators are addressing the state’s continued teacher recruitment and retention crisis and how the state is struggling to pay for maintenance of school infrastructure.