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Kenai Conversation: Tom Kizzia


Tom Kizzia first arrived in McCarthy, Alaska in 1983, on assignment for the Anchorage Daily News.

The Homer author is still writing about McCarthy — most recently in his new book, Cold Mountain Path. The book was released earlier this month by McCarthy-based Porphyry Press. 

Tom is also the author of Pilgrim’s Wilderness and The Wake of the Unseen Object, which he re-released this year. For years, he covered the Kenai-Soldotna area for the Anchorage Daily News.

We spoke with Tom about ghost towns — what they are and why we're so fascinated by them — and delve into the history of the community that today sits against the largest national park in the U.S.

Plus, grappling with Kenai's own hidden histories. Take a listen:


Oct. 27, 2021 Kenai Conversation pt. 2

You can buy Cold Mountain Path from McCarthy-based Porphyry Press here.

Also mentioned in this interview: Tom’s 1991 series about two Dena’ina families in Kenai, “The Invisible People.” Read that here.

Sabine Poux is the news director at KDLL. Originally from New York, she's lived and reported in Argentina and Vermont, where she fell in love with local news. She covers all things central peninsula but is especially interested in stories related to energy and fishing. She'd love to hear your ideas at
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