Nellie Moore is the Senior Partner in First People Media. Nellie is a veteran radio and TV journalist from Kotzebue, Alaska. As a teenager she earned a Third Class Radio Operators License and first communicated over radio using Morse code. Beginning in 1970, a high school junior, Nellie was apprenticed to veteran Alaska journalist Jane Pender. They started the first newspaper in northwest Alaska, distributed by mail plane to the region. Nellie was on the team who started KOTZ-FM radio on the air March 15, 1973, where she collected and hosted regional news. She rose to become Manager of KOTZ.
In 1982 Nellie went to NW Arctic Television Center where she was Co-Producer for 4 episodes of Sesame Street filmed in Noatak village. She was also Producer and Host of a five-part TV series about the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, still used in Alaska public schools today.
In 2001 the Native American Journalists Assoc. presented Nellie with the Wassaja Award for Lifetime Achievement and Best Ongoing Radio Program for “Independent Native News”. In May 2001, Nellie received the national Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism, founded by Ancil Payne, CEO, KING TV-Seattle, and awarded by the University of Oregon School of Journalism.
Most recently, on Nov 15, 2019, the YWCA of Alaska awarded Nellie Moore the 2019 Woman of Achievement Award for her career in journalism.
Nellie is a member of the Kotzebue IRA (tribal), a shareholder of Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corporation (ANCSA Village Corp), and a shareholder of NANA Inc. (ANCSA Regional Corp.)
Gregory Moore is a Junior Partner in First People Media. Greg has 40 years of experience in computer and broadband network engineering across Alaska. Greg is the Manager of daily and technical operations at First People News.