Miriam Trujillo, from Valparaiso, Indiana, and Sean Milligan, from Springfield, Virginia, are the first volunteer fellows this year to arrive in Nome.
Sean says he heard about the KNOM Volunteer Fellowship program in 2018, through an advertisement for the program in his local diocesan newspaper. As the KNOM Volunteer Scholarship required a bachelor’s degree, he changed his study program from a two-year associate’s degree to a four-year degree.
“For me, KNOM seems like the perfect opportunity to do a job that I love, based on my faith, with like-minded people, serving a community, in an exciting place. Most of all I hope to learn while in Nome: about broadcasting, about my faith, about the history and culture of Western Alaska, and about myself, ”says Sean.
Miriam attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she studied music, philosophy, and ancient classical literature.
“My hope has always been to go to the media. I want to convey the beauty I found in my studies to listeners and readers. I was so attracted to the media, especially radio, because it’s such a natural way to accompany a listener and remind them of the beauty of ordinary life with a good song or a good story, ”says Miriam.
She says she has long dreamed of living in Alaska, with its northern lights and cold winters.
“I can’t think of a better place to find beauty than in Western Alaska! Discovering KNOM, a radio station with a similar mission to mine, which was located in western Alaska in Alaska, was like a dream come true.
This summer, Sean and Miriam are learning to host radio shows and report on local news at KNOM. Both look forward to a year of service and personal growth.