Kathleen Gustafson

Senior Producer

Kathleen Gustafson came to Homer in 1999 and has been involved with KBBI since 2003

She is responsible for all aspects of local program and content creation, on-air and on-line, for KBBI.

When not working at the station, Kathleen teaches theater, storytelling and public speaking through Pier One Youth Theater and produces and directs local theater.

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Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 fall on Tuesday, May 18 for Homer High School and Homer Flex School.

Like last year, there will be a caravan of graduates down Pioneer Avenue around 8:30 p.m. after Mariner graduation ceremonies conclude. But this year, plans are to get out of the parking lot and on to the playing field to allow for more guests to attend.


Farmers market vendors and shoppers from all over Alaska will meet, virtually, this Friday for the 2021 Alaska Farmers Market Summit.

Events include talks on food access and funding for the upcoming market season. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson has this preview.




The COVID-19 vaccine is free and widely available right now. Here's a breakdown of where you can find which kind of vaccine, this week and next, in the Homer area.


This morning on the regular, Thursday Covid Brief, Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital talks about how to get a vaccine today and how to make an appointment for upcoming clinics for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.


Homer Unified Command administered 200 doses of Pfizer vaccine at a clinic at Homer High School this past Saturday. There is still plenty of vaccine in town for anyone who wants it.



At Monday night's meeting, when asked her opinion on House Bill 137, a bill to require the State to fund DMVs in communities of 850 or more, Vance told the group that she would not be at Tuesday's legislative meetings. That turned out to be false. Vance did make it back in time for Tuesday's meeting of the House State Affairs Committee and spoke in opposition to the bill.


On Friday, March 26, 2021, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 76, which provides for an extension of  the State of Alaska and Governor Mike Duleavy's public health disaster emergency declaration in response to the  COVID-19 pandemic.

KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson has this report on District 31 Representative Sarah Vance of Homer's votes on the declaration and it's amendments.

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This morning on The COVID-19 Brief, Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Rachel Tussey from the City of Homer answer questions from the listeners about confidentiality, vaccine reactions and about this Saturday's vaccine clinic at Homer High School.

To make an appointment for a first dose of Pfizer vaccine on Saturday, March 27, go to sphosp.org.

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Solarize the Kenai pools the buying power of local home and business owners to negotiate for reduced installation rates on solar energy systems. 

Senator Stevens

On Tuesday afternoon, before his Senate State Affairs Committee meeting, District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak spoke to KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson for this Legislative Update.

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Two months in to the three month legislative session, the Alaska House of Representatives is still struggling to organize itself and agree upon their rules of operation.


This morning on the regular Thursday COVID Brief, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital, answer questions from the listeners about vaccines and upcoming clinics.

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Girls on the Run is an international program that gathers young women together, building running skills through the preparation for and completion of a  5 kilometer run. That's a little over 3.1 miles


The arts community in Homer continues to find ways to adapt and thrive, even in the context of an epidemic.

On this episode of Coffee Table, join host, Kathleen Gustafson and guests:
Scott Bartlett - Executive Director of Homer Council on the Arts
Asia Freeman - Artistic Director at Bunnell Street Arts Center
Erin Hollowell - representing  Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference and Story Knife

Dr. Rob Downey is hosting a series of six, half-hour conversations  with Nurse Lorne Carroll.

They talk about COVID-19 from a public health perspective every Sunday through April 4th on COVID Riff.

Click on the audio below to hear Episode 3 and learn about the role vegetables play in decreasing inflamation and improving immune function, resulting in better outcomes for people infected with COVID-19.