Katie Luper

Weekend Reporter/Anchor

I’m a long time Fairbanksan with love for our community. My first spark of enthusiasm for journalism started when I attended the KTVF Broadcasting Academy in the summer of 2009. I learned the basic ins and outs of running a news station and quickly grew a passion for it during my first assignment reporting on the Rose Wild Summer Camp. I can clearly remember the exhilaration of putting my first story together and watching my final product on TV that night.

After getting a taste for broadcasting I reached out for other opportunities to get experience. I started to tag along with my dad on Saturdays to his radio show called Health Talk. I’d sit in the studio and watch every week. I was in there so often that the station manager eventually trained me to be the board operator. After 2 years running health talk from behind the scenes I made the move to hosting my own show. I landed a spot hosting a college station radio show called the Ease of Being Green. I put on a weekly two hour show with a mix of catchy tunes and interviews from a variety of environmental sustainability experts from around the community and university.

I’m currently attending the University of Fairbanks, Alaska in pursuit of a Broadcast Journalism degree. In the fall of 2013 I spent a semester away studying at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to broaden my horizons in journalism. During my time abroad I worked for UNLV Sports TV where I gained experience in camera operations, computer graphics and directing.

In February 2013, two other UAF students and I participated in a national video competition hosted by the International District Energy Association. We placed first against other opponents such as Harvard, Princeton (the previous first place winner) and Duke for our creativity and levity with the explanation of district energy on campus.

Growing up in Fairbanks I watched the local news with my parents nightly and always wished to be a part of such an inspiring and energetic news team in my hometown. I was thrilled to have finally met the gang and honored to receive such an incredible opportunity to anchor the only weekend news in Fairbanks.