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Bernie Day, Executive Director and Ombudsman, is a resident of Seattle, Washington.  Ms. Day brings to the organization a long history of developing practical tactics for implementing a vision, well-developed writing skills, and a passion for ethics in all of her dealings.  Ms. Day, having held executive positions at Empathology, Inc., Seminar Master, Inc. and a Founding member of The Learning Foundation, provides leadership through inspiration.  Her past professional experience includes financial expertise as a commodity broker for Shearson American Express and Merrill Lynch, healthcare experience as a registered counselor, public speaking as a seminar leader, and writing experience as a published author of a number of titles, including "Unconscious Agendas," published by Kendall Hunt.  Ms. Day's Washington residency was an important part of the hiring criteria to achieve the goal of having an outsider involved in media analysis, not having an agenda in Alaska news, politics, or issues.

Contact Bernie Day at:  ombudsman@mediaresearchak.org

 

Board of Trustees

Glen Biegel is a lifelong Alaskan, born in Providence Hospital in 1968, to parents living in the city of Spenard (yes there was such a place back then). He works in Computer Operations and Network administration with large computer systems, currently holding a degree in Computer Science with a Math minor. He is active in developing education policy and ran for State House in 1996. He has also been active in Republican party politics since then, and is an avid supporter of open and reasoned debate. Current projects include the Conservative Alliance, educating voters on the income tax, supporting the Instant Runoff Voting System, and working to foster correct perceptions of Government and the economy.

Mr. Mark Chryson, 45, is the Chairman of the largest (statistically) 3rd Political Party in the nation - the Alaskan Independence Party. He has been serving Alaskans in this capacity since 1997, having  been active in politics since the late 70's with citizen's initiatives.  He is the owner of a computer consulting company based in Wasilla.  

Steve Conn, retired Professor of Justice, University of Alaska, Executive Director, Alaska Public Interest Research Group, Legal anthropologist and attorney, specialist on comparative indigenous rights and relationships between state law and customary law. 

Mr. Race  G. Jones, Vice President of the Media Research Center of Alaska, was born and raised here in Anchorage, Alaska.  For the last six years he has owned and operated his own business, CanAD Outdoor Services.  Race is an active member of Anchorage Convention and Visitors bureau, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and a member of Anchorage Downtown Rotary club. He takes an active interest in local and state politics and also ran as a candidate in 2000ís mayoral race. Race is pleased to be on the Board of Directors of Alaskaís Media Research center. He feels that Media Research center of Alaska is a positive step in the direction of media bias education. He believes that daily we are effected by what we hear and what we read, as it helps us form opinions on diversified issues.  He feels it is important when listening or reading about issues that the facts remain intact in an unbiased way so that the person making a decision can form a just opinion and set in a firm belief about that particular issue. Race looks forward to working with the Ombudsman of the MRCA and its Board Members as well as the different active media groups around Alaska.

 Mr. Ray Kreig, Secretary/Treasurer of the Media Research Center of Alaska, is a professional civil engineer, geologist, and land consultant.  He has lived in Alaska since 1970 and is President of R. A. Kreig & Associates, a consulting firm established in 1975. The company has completed numerous soils, permafrost, and terrain studies for industry and government and it is particularly experienced in feasibility studies for pipelines, railroads, and highways. He is also a real estate investor. His degrees are in Civil Engineering, Cornell University, B.S. (1968), M.S. (1970). He has been active in utility reform and was twice elected to the Chugach Electric Association board where he served two terms as president. Chugach is Alaskaís largest electric utility. He has also been active in the American Land Rights Association and other local efforts to protect and defend Americanís right to use and enjoy their property.

Mr. Bruce Scott, President & Board Chair of the Media Research Center of Alaska, has been the Director of Information Technology for Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) in Palmer since October 2000.  Mr. Scott is in charge of developing and managing the information technology infrastructure for the Association. He also maintains/publishes the co-op's website (http://www.matanuska.com), its monthly print newsletter and issues occasional news releases.  He previously served for 16 years as MEA's manager/director of Member and Public Relations. As a former corporate spokesman and journalist, with extensive experience in battling corporate campaigns and takeover attempts, Mr. Scott brings a unique perspective to the MRCA Board of Trustees.  His experience includes stints as Managing Editor of "The Frontiersman" and "Valley Sun" newspapers (Sept. 1983-Aug. 1984), Managing Editor of the monthly "Alaska Business & Industry Magazine" and then-weekly "Alaska Business Newsletter" (May 1983-June 1985), and varying reporting and editing positions with daily and weekly newspapers in California and Alaska. A Certified Cooperative Communicator and 1987 graduate of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Management Internship Program, he earned a B.A. in Journalism (news-editorial emphasis) at California State University, Fresno in 1979 and an A.A. in Psychology at Santa Rosa Junior College in 1976, graduating as valedictorian. A coach and Wasilla Little League board member, he and his wife, Florence, are home schooling their three children.

Mae Tischer, Upper Susitna Valley homesteader and mother of 6, currently serves as the VP of the MSB Senior Advisory Board, Member of Valley Hospital Senior Advisory Board, and President of the Upper Susitna Seniors Center. She also secured funding and oversaw development and construction of the Upper Susitna Seniors Center. Her background includes organization of statewide network of volunteers in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association activities, summer camp facilities director, and organization of Railbelt legislative caucus to gain majority influence. Ms. Tischer also served in the Alaska State House of Representatives. 

 

  Content Committee Members (Oversee news story critiques)

Glen Biegel (See list of Board Members above)

 

Steve Conn (See list of Board Members above)

 

Ray Kreig  (See list of Board Members above)

 

Mr. Bruce Scott (See list of Board Members above)

 

 

 

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