Reactions to the death of journalist Bob Tkacz

As many in Alaska’s small media and political circles know, journalist Bob Tkacz was found dead in his office in Juneau on Tuesday morning. Foul play is not suspected. Tkacz was a staple in the Capitol building. He had been covering the Legislature for 33 years, most recently for his own newsletter called Laws of the SEA. He was always generous with his time and knowledge to Juneau newbies and he always asked some of the toughest questions at press conferences. Public media KTOO has a full account here. Below are some reactions:

From Coast Alaska News:

We’ve just learned of the death of longtime Southeast Alaska journalist Bob Tkacz. He was a kick-ass reporter who never, ever shied away from asking the hard questions. Bob worked for the Petersburg Pilot newspaper and KTOO radio and published Laws of the Sea, about commercial fishing and the seafood industry. He also freelanced for numerous other fishing publications. His work appeared in Agence France-Presse, the Alaska Journal of Commerce and High Times, among others. He grew up and attended college in Ohio. We’ll miss Bob.

Gov. Sean Parnell:

Sandy and I were sad to hear that Bob Tkacz had passed away earlier this week. As a longtime member of the Capitol press corps, his absence will be felt by many. Bob’s persistence and understanding of Alaska government and issues will be missed. We extend our condolences to Bob’s family and friends, as well as his colleagues in the press.

Sen: Hollis French:

Bob was an institution in the Capitol press corps.  He brought a unique candor and distinctly direct approach to reporting.  He was a friend to Alaska and his presence will be sorely missed,” said Senate Minority Leader Hollis French (D-Anchorage).

Rep. Les Gara:

Bob always cared about getting to the truth and was an absolute – and absolutely fair – bulldog about it. His loss is sad for those who cared about open, accountable government.

Rep. Geran Tarr:

From years as a staffer to my freshman term as a legislator, I admired Bob’s attention to detail and commitment to making sure the public knew what was happening. He will be sorely missed in the Capitol halls.



2 thoughts on “Reactions to the death of journalist Bob Tkacz

  1. Anonymous

    “Bulldog Bob” was never afraid to ask the tough questions and he was tenacious about getting answers – even as he was being forcibly removed from a room. He had the facts at his fingertips and could make pols squirm like no other. A true “truth to power” journalist. I knew him for 25 years and we had some ups and downs, but he was one of the best fisheries writers in Alaska (and beyond). His knowledge and outspoken advocacy for our seafood industry is irreplaceable. He was truly one of the best and I am heartbroken at this loss. // Laine Welch

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