Distinguished Alumnus Award

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the association's most prestigious award. It was first awarded in 1962 and continues to annually recognize living graduates of UAF. Alumni are selected for the award based on meritorious service on behalf of UAF, distinguished accomplishments in business and professional life, or distinguished human service in community affairs.

All alumni are encouraged to nominate individuals for the Distinguished Alumnus Award. There must be three letters of support for the nomination, all from UAF graduates or former students. The nomination should include information on the candidate's life achievements.

2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner

Kyle Hopkins '00

Kyle Hopkins '00. Photo courtesy of the Anchorage Daily News.
Kyle Hopkins '00. Photo courtesy of the Anchorage Daily News.

Kyle Hopkins is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

As an investigative reporter and special projects editor for the Anchorage Daily News, Hopkins has traveled to dozens of Alaska villages to cover crime, politics and rural affairs. He recently worked with the news nonprofit ProPublica on a two-year investigation into sexual violence and the Alaska criminal justice system, a project that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Born in Sitka, Hopkins grew up in Kake, Juneau and Skagway, with some time in California as well. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2000. Hopkins previously worked for NBC affiliate KTUU-Channel 2 in Anchorage, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the Vallejo (California) Times-Herald and the St. Cloud (Minnesota) Times. He lives in Anchorage with his wife, UAF alumna Rebecca Palsha ’04, and their two daughters.