Jenny Neyman

General Manager

Jenny Neyman has been the general manager of KDLL since 2017. Before that she was a reporter and the Morning Edition host at KDLL.
She also worked in print journalism for 15 years, including 7.5 years as owner, publisher and editor of the Redoubt Reporter community newspaper in the central Kenai Peninsula.
She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and grew up listening to KSTK public radio in Wrangell, AK.

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When local LGBTQ activist Tammie Willis was attacked by a man with a knife outside her Sterling home early the morning of Dec. 9, the experience was all the more terrifying because she was alone.

At a town hall forum held Saturday at the Soldotna Library, she met more of a community than she realized existed on the central peninsula.

“And seeing the outpouring of support and the people who want to make a difference and who really, genuinely want to make the community more open, more accepting and more welcoming and safe for everyone is really, really helping me move forward,” Willis said.

More than 150 people squeezed into the community room at the library, some to share their experiences as LGBTQ people in the central Kenai Peninsula, most to listen to those experiences and show their support.

Willis reported finding a threatening note on her truck, full of homophobic slurs, on Nov. 11. On Nov. 22, she reported someone throwing a rock at her windshield as she drove near Kenai Peninsula College, where she works. Then came the assault Dec. 9. Soldotna Police and Alaska State Troopers are investigating the incidents but have made no arrests.

“I don’t want to stand up here and say, you know, this act of violence is the reason why we should do better, we’ve always needed to do better. And I’m sorry that I had to bring it to attention this way because this is not the way I wanted to do it,” she said. “But now that we have everybody’s attention, I’m really hoping that this community, the people who have gathered in this room here, will help me work to do better.”

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Tammie Willis

The power went out the morning of Dec. 9 in Sterling. Tammie Willis headed outside to see if it was just her place, or if her neighbors were dark, too. Outside her garage door, she met a man with a knife. The altercation left her with cuts on her arms and chest and bruises on her face and body. In the dark, she didn’t get a good look at the man.

Willis doesn’t know if it’s the same person who left a threatening note on her truck Nov. 11. She doesn’t know if it’s the same person who threw something at her windshield as she was driving Nov. 22. She doesn’t know if these incidents are because she is gay and an advocate for the local LGBTQ community. She does know it’s awfully difficult to feel otherwise.

Her fellow organizers are likewise concerned for the safety of the LGBTQ community. They’ve scheduled a town hall meeting for 2:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Soldotna library to bring awareness to this situation.

Audre Hickey, along with Willis and Leslie Byrd, organize the annual Two Spirits March and Pride in the Park gathering in Soldotna, held in June to coincide with LGBTQ Pride Month. The Pride in the Park planning committee is putting together the town hall. Hickey says it’s a way to raise awareness and support.

“We think that’s it’s important to start healing from it that we start discussing it and talk about how to make community accepting and welcoming and feel safe for all members of our community,” Hickey said. “… The forum is going to be a place for us to have real, authentic conversations. We’re asking members of the LGBT community to come and share their experiences in our community, both positive and negative. And to identify places where they feel safe and places where they feel unsafe.”

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