In June, The Partnership Board welcomed Heather Hintze as its new communications manager. Heather is new to Juneau and brings a fresh perspective to the project.
For nearly a decade Heather worked for KTVA 11 News in Anchorage as a general assignment reporter. During that time she was fortunate to travel around the state to report on a variety of stories that show how unique our state is. Some of her favorite memories were tagging along with crab fishermen on the Bering Sea ice, feeding brown bears at the Fortress of the Bear in Sitka and picking blueberries on the tundra with families in Unalakleet. Heather has also covered the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race start to finish three times and traveled to Nuuk, Greenland and the South Slave region of the Northwest Territories in Canada to cover the Arctic Winter Games
Heather has a passion for supporting small businesses and artists. She was honored to watch elders in Anaktuvuk Pass show a younger generation how to make caribou masks; in Yakutat she learned about processing spruce roots into materials for traditional baskets. Some of her profiles on artists include totem pole and ivory carvers, Tsimshian and Haida weavers and women who do traditional skin stitching tattoos. Throughout her time in Alaska, Heather has seen the way art and culture support the community and local economy.
In her free time, Heather can be found hiking mountains or exploring glaciers. So far in Juneau she’s crossed Thunder Mountain, Mount Juneau and the Mendenhall Glacier ice caves off her list. As an avid berry picker she’s looking forward to harvesting salmonberries in Southeast. Heather is also a tenacious baker and loves keeping her friends well-fed with chocolate chip cookies and banana coconut muffins.
Heather plans to bring her enthusiasm for storytelling to the communications position. Juneau has an amazing arts community and she looks forward to spotlighting the people who make our city a bright and vibrant place to live.