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    Jake Libbey > Publisher

    Christian, husband, father, amateur-apologist and lover of good communication, our Publisher has invested countless hours bringing the Alaska Watchman to life. Jake is responsible for operations at the Watchman, advertising, and design of the website. In partnership with our Editor-in-Chief, the content for the articles on alaskawatchman.com are a product of the passion, energy and synergy between Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.

    Joel Davidson > Editor-in-Chief

    The engine of our editorial and content generation, Joel Davidson is a writer of renown and horsepower. Having won numerous awards for journalism excellence, Joel is as passionate about good news, and news done well as anyone can be. A father of 8 beautiful children, whenever he puts down his pen, you'll find Joel sowing into his family and homeschooling his kids with his wife. The Alaska Watchman would not exist without the tireless work of our Editor-in-Chief.

    Bob Flint > Columnist

    Bob Flint is a retired attorney who practiced family and adoption law in Anchorage, Alaska for more than 46 years before retiring in 2010. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in economics before then attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. Flint is one of the founding board members of Covenant House Alaska which serves homeless youth in Anchorage. He is also a founding board member of the Alaska Family Council. He continues to live in Anchorage with his wife Letha.

    Bob Bird > Columnist

    Bob Bird ran for the United States Senate in 1990 and 2008. He is a past president of Alaska Right to Life, a 43-year Alaska resident and a retired public school teacher. His has a passion for studying and teaching constitutional history, both Alaska’s and the United States. He lives on the Kenai Peninsula and is currently a daily radio talk-show host for the Bird’s Eye View on KSRM in Kenai, Alaska. He is also a regular speaker, both locally and around the country, on the Shroud of Turin, which is widely believed to be the burial cloth of Christ.

    Alexandria Braunlich > Columnist

    Alexandra Braunlich is a long-time freelance reporter and she has been honored with multiple journalism awards during her time writing for the Catholic Anchor newspaper, the official publication of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska. During her years working for the Catholic Anchor, Braunlich’s articles covered the social, political, educational and religious aspects of social life in Southcentral Alaska. She is currently a special assignment reporter for the Alaska Watchman news agency where she produces both news features and hard news stories from across the state. Apart from her writing career, Braunlich and her husband stay busy raising a young family.

    Jim Minnery > Columnist

    Jim Minnery has served as the executive director of Alaska Family Council since its inception in 2006. A lifelong Alaskan, he has worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly 20 years, serving groups including the March of Dimes, American Red Cross of Alaska, Alaska Legal Services Corporation and Crisis Pregnancy Center of Alaska. Minnery received a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver. He and his wife Kim, and their four children attend New Grace Christian Church in Anchorage.

    Tiffany Borges > Columnist

    Leigh Sloan grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by music, the arts and many forms of cultural diversity. After teaching three years in public schools she received a master's level certificate in gifted education from Drury University. Sloan is married and raising three children in Anchorage where she helped found a church. Most recently, she became the host and founder of Brave Conversations, a gathering that looks to explore hot-button social and religious issues without falling into polarization.

    Leigh Sloan > Columnist

    Leigh Sloan grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by music, the arts and many forms of cultural diversity. After teaching three years in public schools she received a master's level certificate in gifted education from Drury University. Sloan is married and raising three children in Anchorage where she helped found a church. Most recently, she became the host and founder of Brave Conversations, a gathering that looks to explore hot-button social and religious issues without falling into polarization.

    Loren Leman > Columnist

    Leman was first elected in 1988 to the Alaska state house. His political career spanned almost three decades culminating as Lieutenant Governor in 2002. During his four years as lieutenant governor, Leman led Alaska's Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, to develop synergies between government and Alaska's faith communities. After the initiative had been underway for a year, the White House recognized Alaska as a "role model State" for its FBCI achievements. Lieutenant Governor Leman spoke on the role of people of faith in politics and community service.

    Lance Roberts > Columnist

    Lance Roberts was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is a professional engineer, served two terms on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, and publishes the Fairbanks Conservatives newsletter.

    Christine Robbins > Columnist

    Christine Robbins is a 32 year resident of Fairbanks, AK after moving up from AZ in 1988. She’s a political activist, writer, occasional radio host, teacher, former Chair of District 4 of the Republican Party, wife, and mother of three boys. She studied foreign languages and linguistics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is the current head of Citizens for Property Rights, a local watchdog group. Nothing is more important to her than her Christian faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. You can reach her at christine@christinerobbins.com 907-378-8369 and on Facebook.

    Rashae Johnson > Columnist

    Rashae Ophus Johnson lives in Chugiak, Alaska. She is a former newspaper reporter and currently a freelance writer who has won multiple awards for excellence in journalism. She has also served as a member of the Chugiak Community Council. Her journalism background includes working as assistant editor for The Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, ND, and also as a reporter for both the The Herald Journal in Logan, Utah, and The Daily Herald in Provo, Utah. She worked as a copy editor and reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from 2006 to 2007 and as a freelance journalist for the Catholic Anchor in Anchorage.

    Daryl Bowers > Columnist

    Daryl Bowers has been an educator in Alaska since 1993, teaching in rural Interior Alaska, the North Slope and the Aleutians from 1993 to 2004. He has been an administrator with the IDEA Homeschool Program since 2004, serving as Director since 2015. He received his Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Ball State University in 1993, his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2001 and is a veteran of the United States Army.