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.

Police were unable to identify the body, which will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's office in Anchorage for autopsy and identification.

Jason Sear/KDLG

Northern Dynasty Minerals and First Quantum Minerals failed to reach an agreement on First Quantum buying into Pebble. That leaves Northern Dynasty as the sole owner of the Pebble Limited Partnership.

Alaska State Troopers

Brian V. Clark is charged with the 2015 murder of Ella Olsen. At a Thursday hearing, Judge Herman Walker Jr. approved Dennis Olson Sr. and Emily Olson as third-party custodians for Clark, but he declined to lower Clark’s bail.

Sarah Grace Durrance

The Bristol Bay Fish Expo takes place in Naknek June 8-9. In between the live auction, trade show and speed hiring, four candidates running for state governor in the November election will debate issues related to sustainability in rural Alaska.

Avery Lill/KDLG

Thirty percent of the Togiak sac roe herring quota is allocated to the gillnet fleet. This year, the F/V Wave Ryder was the fishery’s gillnet fleet of one.

Emily Hulett

The road into the Nerka subdivision, coming from Lake Road, was closed Friday for repairs. Dillingham Public Works anticipates that it will take a few days to fix a couple of large, muddy holes.


A fire last week devastated the home of two Newhalen elders. There were no injuries, but the flames substantially damaged the building and their belongings.

Avery Lill/ KDLG

It will take about three weeks for dredgers to remove 110,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Dillingham small boat harbor this year. 

Icicle Seafoods

The purse seine fleet in Togiak took 16,500 tons in 11 days. In Port Moller, seiners took 1000 tons in 39 hours.

John Christensen

Residents saw a few hundred walrus hauled out at the beginning of April. By the end of April, they reported seeing about a thousand. On a recent flight over the shoreline, an ADF&G biologist saw only 100.


First Quantum Minerals and Northern Dynasty Minerals now have until May 31 to finalize the terms on which First Quantum could buy into the Pebble Limited Partnership.


On April 20, Alaska State Troopers say they intercepted Patrick Einhellig, 32, at the Togiak airport, carrying 56 grams of heroin. Einhellig was arrested Friday. He is charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree, which is a felony.


On Thursday, the purse seine fleet in the Togiak herring fishery took in 3,838—more fish than the other four days of the fishery combined.

Alaska State Troopers

A Togiak teen has been charged for allegedly burglarizing five buildings in the village. Harvey Franklin Jr., 19, faces six felony counts of burglary and one felony count of theft. He was arraigned today in Dillingham Court. Franklin pleaded not guilty to all charges.