Avery Lill

News Director

Avery Lill is news director, host and multimedia reporter for KDLG. She writes stories on a range of topics, from Bristol Bay’s dynamic fisheries and environment to education and public safety.

Avery grew up in Austin, Texas and studied philosophy and creative writing at Baylor University.

Before joining the KDLG news team in 2016, Avery was an intern then a news assistant at National Public Radio in Washington D.C. She also interned with NPR member station, KWBU in Waco, Texas. Her stories have aired statewide and on National Native News, NPR’s All Things Considered, and American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report.

When she’s not reporting, she’s probably outside hiking, kayaking, fishing, berry picking or cross-country skiing, depending on the season.

Mitch Borden/KDLG

The season harvest to the Nushagak District has topped a million sockeye!

Mitch Borden/KDLG

Heads up Nushagak and Wood Rivers! The most recent Port Moller stock composition summary shows 70 percent of inshore station fish and 85 percent of offshore station fish sampled were headed your way.

Avery Lill/KDLG

Total harvest in the Nushagak District is is past 300,000, and the king run on the Nushagak River is well over the historical average for this date. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018
Mitch Borden/ KDLG

Thanks to good king escapement, commerical fishing is well underway in the Nushagak Section. Reds are hittings slowly, but the run is expected to accelerate soon.

Sarah Miller

Tonight we get the scoop from a fisheries geneticist on where Port Moller Test Fishery sockeye are headed, and we travel up the Naknek for a look at the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy.

Austin Fast/KDLG

Tonight on the fish report, Nushagak Section set netters get their first opener, and Copper River posts a price.

Avery Lill/ KDLG

It's the first Bristol Bay Fisheries Report of the season!


Shortly after the U.S. released a list of goods on which it will place 25 percent tariffs, China announced reciprocal tariffs on U.S. goods, including Alaska seafood. Economists say it is too early to predict the effect such tariffs, which are slated to begin July 6, will have on industry.

Tai Drummond

There's been an uptick in reports of bear and moose around Dillingham. Police advise residents to leave the animals alone.

Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska

Permanent Fund Dividends, education and funding for law enforcement were among the issues that caused friction during the recently adjourned legislative session in Juneau. Bryce Edgmon discusses how the decisions made could affect Bristol Bay.

Police say that the body found floating off Kanakanak Beach last week is 57-year-old Murphy H. Knutsen.


Ugashik, Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik districts open to commercial fishing on Monday at 9 a.m. For the past two years, ADF&G has adjusted the north boundary of the Ugashik District to accomadate walrus hauled out at Cape Greig. This year, the walrus are a no show.

Maria Cantwell asked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold public meetings in the state of Washington about the Pebble Project and to further extend the 90-day scoping period for the proposed mine's environmental impact statement.

Avery Lill/KDLG

Bristol Bay residents met with state commissioners and staff to discuss the purpose and potential scope of a Bristol Bay Advisory Group. DNR envisions the group will be comprised of Bristol Bay residents and stakeholders who provide suggestions, insight and feedback on land management in Bristol Bay. 

Cheapell D. Jones, 42, allegedly stole a work truck and electronic equipment worth several thousand dollars from BBTC. He faces five felony charges.