"Alaska Review" Television Newsmagazine Programs and Raw Footage Digitization and Dissemination Project

Material Description

Airing from 1976 to 1987, "Alaska Review" was the first statewide public affairs television program in Alaska. The show was designed to explore public policy issues confronting Alaska, and to assist citizens in making decisions about the future of their land. Produced by Independent Public Television, Inc., (IPTV), the series consisted of 16 one-hour shows, 46 half-hour shows, and one three-hour special broadcast. Primary producers and reporters included: Mark O. Badger, Eric Eckholm, Ed Bennett, Janet Archibald, Gary Williams and Laura Richmond. Funded through the Alaska Humanities Forum and State of Alaska, the series won multiple awards for public service and educational programming. An initially substantial budget allowed for reporting from throughout the state, including from remote communities, and furthermore allowed for raw footage videotapes to be retained rather than recorded over as per customary practices. Program segments covered local, state and federal issues facing the state during a period of intense growth and development. Topics included the new trans-Alaska oil pipeline, education and sanitation in rural Indigenous communities, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, community planning in booming cities, alcoholism, aviation safety, wildlife, resource development, homesteading, the growing environmental movement, the U.S military and the Cold War. The series co-produced the first live broadcast of court proceedings in Alaska, with justices hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Alaska's innovative Permanent Fund Dividend program allowing state residents a share in state oil profits. IPTV dissolved in 1988. Videotapes for all finished productions and raw footage were later moved to the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), where they became housed with the Alaska Film Archives, a unit of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives department in the Rasmuson Library at UAF, shortly after the unit was founded in 1993.

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University of Alaska Fairbanks


Ms. Angela Schmidt
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Date Range

1976 - 1987

Geographic Scope

Videotaped mainly throughout rural and urban Alaska, the series also ventured to San Diego shipyards to examine oil tanker safety, to open seas to view the U.S. Coast Guard policing foreign vessels, to Colorado to report on wolf management, and to Scandinavia with Alaskans studying new fishing techniques.


  • 693 Audiovisual Recordings