Elizabeth Earl


Kenai, AK

Elizabeth Earl

I cover the fishing industry, the environment, the local government and other hard news on the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska.



Soldotna father and daughter prepare to climb 2 highest African peaks

Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion Avery Walden, 9, stands before an ice wall her father set up in the back yard of their home on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 near Soldotna, Alaska. Her father, Chris Walden, had to custom-make her ice cleats from a larger set. "Mountaineering gear for kids doesn't exist, so a lot of times you have to fabricate stuff, weld stuff, make stuff," he said.
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Alaska Legal Services, Kenaitze partnership places lawyer in health clinic

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Ninilchik tribe wraps up subsistence gillnet season

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to show that the Ninilchik Tribe operates the only subsistence gillnet in the Kenai River. The heads of passing boaters swiveled toward the bank, curious to see the only subsistence gillnet allowed in the Kenai River. The Ninilchik Traditional Council’s subsistence gillnet takes up about 30 feet of bank.
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Satanic assembly invocation sparks protest, possible changes to invocation

Rain began to fall just before a huddled group of Catholic Church members began praying on a sidewalk in Soldotna. Some held rosaries or icons; one held a wooden cross more than five feet tall. They prayed in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic on Redoubt Avenue, objecting to abortion services offered there.
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State pink salmon record broken twice in one day

After 42 years, the Alaska state record for a sport-caught pink salmon was broken — twice. Thomas Salas hauled a monster pink salmon out of the Kenai River near Big Eddy in Soldotna on Monday night. The California resident, who said he visits the Kenai every other year or so, was originally going to throw it back when a friend told him to hang on to it.
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Keep out: Kenai Peninsula land managers work together to curb invasive species

Wearing a pump-powered backpack sprayer, long yellow gloves and protective goggles, Jen Peura looked more like she was out hunting ghosts than killing flowers. The seasonal biotech for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge pointed to a thin, leafy sprig near the narrow Egumen Lake trail. The innocuous-looking plant blended in with the grasses around it, bearing only a small knot of a bud at the top.
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Great Pacific Seafoods' Alaska plants closed

Several industry sources and a former plant manager have confirmed that the seafood processor Great Pacific Seafoods has shut down its Alaska operations. Representatives from the company had not returned calls for comment as of press time, but Nick Barrie, former Kenai plant manager, confirmed the plant will not operate for the summer.
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'Above and beyond'

The eagles waited for the man every morning. From the high dark trees around the lake, they swooped in gracefully when they saw him walk to the end of the dock and huddled around him, beaks clacking. He stooped for a moment to work. When he finished, he stood and turned back toward the house on the shore.
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Peninsula doctors wrangle with access, treatment for opioid addicts

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on opioid addiction on the Kenai Peninsula. For the first part, check the Dec. 31 edition of the Peninsula Clarion. It might have been a pretty standard process to treat the patient’s infection except that the doctors had to work around her heroin addiction.
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Opioid addicts face stigma even while seeking treatment

Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series on opioid addiction on the Kenai Peninsula. For the second part of the series, check the Sunday Jan. 3, 2015 edition of the Peninsula Clarion. If he hadn’t fallen off a ladder, Tom’s life might have been completely different. The fall led to a serious injury, and the serious injury led to the narcotic painkiller Vicodin.
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Social Security applicants struggle for disability benefits

Brian Hoge was recently informed he’d be switching careers. His new vocation? An egg-packer. It was baffling to Hoge, a former commercial fishermen and oil worker. Staring at the letter from the Alaska Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, he couldn’t make sense of it. He’d never even heard of an egg-packer.
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Mentors offer gift of guidance to students

Michael Johns’ phone frequently lights up with GroupMe texts from former Olive-Harvey College students. His first question: How are your grades? Johns, mentoring coordinator at the South Side college, directs D.R.E.A.M. and Men of Distinction mentorship programs. Directing Results through Educational Academic Mentoring (D.R.E.A.M) was launched in 2007.


Elizabeth Earl

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in journalism in December 2014.

I spent three years working for The Columbia Chronicle and freelancing for Chicago Talks and various other news organizations in the Chicago area, including the Kankakee Daily Journal, Marketplace Radio, WBEZ and The ABA Journal. I've worked with several health care trade publications as well, giving me a glimpse into the complicated issues in the medical industry.

In July 2015, I took a job as a government and resources reporter with the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska. I cover the highly political fishing industry as well as the oil and gas industry, both of which employ a huge portion of Alaskans. I specialize in providing an unusual angle to ordinary stories and being as responsible with my sources and stories as I can while still hitting hard.

I'm available for freelance work, both editing and writing. As mentioned above, I have freelanced for multiple organizations — including the Atlantic — and am open to collaborations and ongoing professional relationships.



  • Political reporting
  • Environmental reporting
  • Science Writing
  • Feature Writing
  • Opinion Writing
  • Journalism
  • Research
  • Editing
  • Photography
  • Blogging
  • Social Media
  • Spanish
  • Italian