Mary Auld

News Reporter

Mary Auld was born in Fairbanks and lived here until the age of 9 when her family moved to upstate New York. She earned a degree in creative writing from State University of New York-Geneseo. After working for a newspaper in Montana, Mary began graduate studies in environmental journalism at the University of Montana.

She is with KUAC for the fall semester, covering general news, natural resources and indigenous issues. “KUAC was the first public radio station I listened to and it was the beginning of my love for radio journalism,” Mary said. “I get to hear people’s stories, gather information and make it into a narrative that is interesting and relatable to the listeners.”

Mary enjoys hiking, rafting, reading and cooking.

UAF Mars Research

Mar 2, 2021

Landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover has focused world attention on Mars. Meanwhile lesser known to the public, scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are also studying the red planet. KUAC’s Mary Auld reports.

Debra Lynne / Tanana Chiefs Conference

Research conducted by the Tanana Chiefs Conference and the University of Alaska Fairbanks demonstrates the value of small, unmanned aircraft to monitor wildfire impacts and other environmental change in rural Alaska. KUAC’s Mary Auld reports.

Rhiannan William

Omega 3 fats help arctic ground squirrels stay warm during hibernation. That’s the finding of research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks published last month in the journal Scientific Reports. As KUAC’s Mary Auld (ALD) reports, the study provides insight into how diet can affect body regulation.   

Senungetuk Exhibit

Jan 13, 2021
UA Museum of the North

The late Alaska Native artist Ron Senungetuk blazed trails as a sculptor, silversmith, and woodcarver. Senungetuk died last year (2020) and a new exhibit of his work is on display at the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks. KUAC’s Mary Auld reports.

Lesa Hollen / University of Alaska Fairbanks

A new study from the University of Alaska Fairbanks uncovers how Arctic Ground Squirrels recycle nutrients to stay healthy during their long hibernations.  KUAC’s Mary Auld reports.

Ben Loeffler / ACEP

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Center for Energy and Power has received a federal award to aid development of hydro energy technology for rural Alaska communities. KUAC’s Mary Auld reports.

Jennifer Schmidt / Institute of Social and Economic Research

Tanana residents who harvest wood for a local biomass project are six times more likely to engage in subsistence activities. That’s according to a study from the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Center for Energy and Power.

Judy Patrick / ConocoPhillips

The Bureau of Land Management's decision late last month to allow a new oil and gas project in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska (NPRA) has drawn praise from Alaska's congressional delegation, and questions from native and environmenal groups about the decision-making process.