Julia O’Malley, a third-generation Alaskan, is a journalist, teacher, and editor who lives in Anchorage. Her work over the last two decades has explored Alaska’s politics, culture, climate, and food. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation and The Washington Post, among other publications. She has served as the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She got her start as a reporter and columnist at the Anchorage Daily News. Her book about Alaska’s food culture, The Whale and The Cupcake: Stories of Subsistence, Longing, and Community in Alaska, co-published by the Anchorage Museum and University of Washington Press, came out in December 2019, and she is currently working with the Anchorage Museum and the Anchorage Daily News on the Neighbors project, related to the pandemic and personal stories.