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Andrew Kitchenman

Andrew Kitchenman

Andrew Kitchenman has covered state government in Alaska since 2016, serving as the Capitol reporter for Alaska Public Media and KTOO before joining the Alaska Beacon. Before this, he covered state and local governments on the East Coast – primarily in New Jersey – for more than 15 years. He enjoys reading, watching movies and walking around Anchorage.

Sen. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, speaks Tuesday, May 10, 2022, on the floor of the Alaska Senate at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska lawmaker can’t block public from social accounts based on their views, judge rules

By: - December 12, 2022

An Alaska state legislator can’t block members of the public who they disagree with from commenting on a social media account the lawmaker maintains in connection with her elective office, a judge has ruled.  Anchorage Superior Court Judge Thomas Matthews said in a decision he issued Friday that the account is a limited public forum […]

Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, speaks on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives on Monday, May 2, 2022, at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

Eastman trial to advance, focus on whether Oath Keepers advocate concrete overthrow of government

By: - December 9, 2022

A trial on whether Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman is eligible for state office is set to begin on Monday, after a judge ruled on Friday against attempts by him and the state Division of Elections to dismiss the case.  The trial will focus on whether the Oath Keepers advocate the forceful overthrow of the […]

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy names new revenue commissioner, acting health commissioner and chief of staff

By: - November 14, 2022

Gov. Mike Dunleavy made three high-level appointments on Monday, filling the key positions of revenue and health commissioners and naming a new chief of staff.  Dunleavy named Adam Crum as the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, after nearly four years of Crum leading the state’s Department of Health and Social Services, including leading […]

Here’s what’s happening with Alaska’s vote count

By: - November 10, 2022

There have been a lot of questions about how far along the Alaska Division of Elections is in counting the ballots for the election that ended on Tuesday.  Here are five facts about the count:  There have been 217,835 ballots counted so far. Through Thursday, the Division of Elections had reported results from all 402 […]

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, standing at the entrance of the Alaska Federation of Natives convention arts and crafts fair in October, shakes the hand of a convention attendee. With the final results counted on Wednesday, Dunleavy became the first Alaska governor to be reelected since Tony Knowles in 1998. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Dunleavy appears headed to re-election, may head off ranked choice count

By: - November 9, 2022

In votes counted through early Wednesday morning, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy appeared on pace for re-election to a second four-year term. Dunleavy, a Republican, built a substantial lead over challengers Democrat Les Gara, independent Bill Walker and Republican Charlie Pierce, holding 52% of Tuesday’s 216,364 first-choice votes. If Dunleavy’s vote share stays above 50%, he […]

Donna Mears, left, is a Democrat running in House District 21 against Republican Forrest Wolfe, second from left. Democrat Ted Eischeid, third from left, is running in House District 22 against Stanley Wright, right, who is a Republican. (Mears photo by Andrew Kitchenman/Alaska Beacon; campaign photos of Wolfe and Eischeid; Wright photo by Sentha Wright)

Two pivotal East Anchorage races could determine control of Alaska House

By: - November 3, 2022

In East Anchorage, there are two races for the Alaska House of Representatives that feature two candidates – a Democrat and a Republican – and no incumbents. Both were relatively close in the August primary. And both could determine which caucus controls the House when the legislative session begins in January in Juneau. In House […]

Sarah Palin, Mary Peltola, Nick Begich and Chris Bye stand at the end of the 2022 Debate for the State for Alaska's sole U.S. House seat on Oct. 26, 2022, in Anchorage. (Screenshot of Alaska Public Media livestream)

Nation’s political divide is the focus of Alaska U.S. House debate

By: - October 26, 2022

The four candidates to be Alaska’s only member of the U.S. House of Representatives zeroed in on the United States’ political divisions but came up with very different answers about what should be done about it in a media-sponsored debate on Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, a Democrat elected to fill the remainder of the […]

Edie Grunwald, Charlie Pierce's running mate, talks to supporters after the end of the Oct. 17 Anchorage debate hosted by the Resource Development Council for Alaska. Behind her, Pierce is being interviewed by Anchorage Daily News reporter Iris Samuels. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Edie Grunwald suspends campaign as Charlie Pierce’s running mate for lieutenant governor

By: and - October 25, 2022

Edie Grunwald is suspending her campaign for lieutenant governor. Grunwald, a Republican, is on Alaska’s Nov. 8 general election ballot as the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Pierce. Pierce and the Kenai Peninsula Borough were sued on Friday by a borough employee who said Pierce sexually harassed her when he served as mayor. […]

Former Gov. Bill Walker, at right, speaks at Saturday's gubernatorial candidate forum held at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. The other candidates, from right, are Gov. Mike Dunleavy, former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce and former state Rep. Les Gara. Walker is an independent, Gara is a Democrat and Dunleavy and Pierce are Republicans. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Candidates for Alaska governor differ on how to handle deaths in state corrections custody

By: - October 23, 2022

Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the state has scrutinized the cause of each of the deaths that have occurred in state Department of Corrections custody this year. But the Republican governor’s rivals, Democrat Les Gara and independent Bill Walker, raised grave concerns over the deaths at the Alaska Federation of Natives’ forum for the candidates for […]

The four candidates for Alaska governor are seen in this composite image. From left to right are Republican incumbent Gov. Mike Dunleavy, independent former Gov. Bill Walker, Democratic candidate Les Gara, and Republican candidate Charlie Pierce. (Photo composite)

Dunleavy defends record against Gara and Walker attacks in rapid-fire Alaska debate for governor

By: - October 20, 2022

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, defended his record against a barrage of criticism from challengers Les Gara, a Democrat, and Bill Walker, an independent, in a fast-paced hourlong debate on Wednesday, hosted by Alaska Public Media, Alaska’s News Source and KTOO. Also present was Republican candidate Charlie Pierce, who was favorable toward Dunleavy. Alaska’s […]

This weather forecast map for Thursday shows the unusual low-pressure system forming in the Chukchi Sea. It's forecast to bring high winds and coastal flooding to western and northern Alaska. (National Weather Service image)

High winds, coastal flooding forecast as another storm to hit western and northern Alaska

By: - October 5, 2022

High winds and coastal flooding in western and northern Alaska are forecast from another unusually strong storm moving through the area through the weekend.  Wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour could affect a stretch of coast from Point Lay to Point Hope, David Kramer of the National Weather Service said. Winds of […]

A voter joins a line of voters waiting to cast their ballots on Aug. 15 at the state Division of Elections office in Anchorage. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska candidate comparison tool allows voters to explore positions in statewide races

By: - September 30, 2022

The Alaska Beacon has launched a candidate comparison tool in conjunction with three other Alaska news organizations. The joint project with Alaska Public Media, the Anchorage Daily News and KTOO allows voters to explore the positions that candidates for statewide office have taken on a variety of issues. The heart of the project is a […]