Staff

Harlow Robinson – Executive Director

Harlow is a founding member of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. He and Van Williams established the Alaska Sports Blog in 2009 as a way to  provide more media coverage of Alaskans doing great things in sports around the world. The Susitna Valley High grad has a degree in journalism from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and his writing has appeared in numerous publications over the years including Alaska Magazine and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. An accomplished mountain runner, adventurer and sports enthusiast, Harlow is involved in either participating or organizing numerous Alaska sporting events. Contact Harlow at harlow@alaskasportshall.org.

Van Williams – Editor

Van has worked for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame since 2009, providing daily coverage of Alaska athletes all over the world. He has covered Alaska sports for 30 years and serves as one of the state’s premier sports historians. He’s also media director for American Legion Baseball in Alaska and the Alaska Airlines Classic high school boys basketball tournament. Van turned pro straight out of East High in 1990, signing with the Monroe Journal in North Carolina. He returned to Alaska to work for the Anchorage Times and later the Anchorage Daily News, where he became Sports Editor. He’s won an Alaska Press Club Award and reported for other newspapers such as the Arctic Sounder, Tundra Drums, Bristol Bay Times and Peninsula Clarion. He is married to Marisa Cedeño and they have a Maltese named Duchess.  Email him at alaskasportshall@yahoo.com or find him on twitter at @AKsportshall.

Doyle Woody – Reporter

Doyle Woody covered Alaska sports for 34 years as a reporter/columnist for the Anchorage Daily News. The Bartlett High grad was the ADN’s principal hockey writer and is the only multiple-time winner of the ECHL’s Most Outstanding Media Award, which he won four times. He is a nine-time finisher of the Crow Pass Crossing backcountry marathon and two-time finisher of Mount Marathon. Doyle lives with his wife, Sarah Henning, a former ADN reporter, and their dog, Sadie. Email him at doylewoody99@gmail.com.

Matias Saari – Reporter

Matias, a former sportswriter at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, is a coordinator for Healthy Futures, the signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. He directs the Mount Marathon Race, an event he won in 2009, along with the Crow Pass Crossing and Kesugi Ridge Traverse. He won Fairbanks’ Equinox Marathon six times and wrote a book about its history. He especially enjoys reporting on skiing, running, biking and mushing. Matias regularly accesses mountains and trails from his doorstep in Bear Valley on the Anchorage Hillside. Reach him at matias@healthyfuturesak.org.

Matt Nevala – Reporter

When Matt, a veteran, award-winning storyteller, met his future wife Kristen in his hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich., back in August 1995, he moved to Alaska months later to see about building a life together. A few years and 3,000-plus miles later, the Detroit Red Wings won their first of four Stanley Cups since Nevala’s relocation across the continent. Oh, Matt and Kristen have also been happily married for 20-plus years and daughters Maggie and Moira couldn’t be more marvelous. Nevala cut his journalism teeth as a teenager and college student with the Kalamazoo Gazette before enjoying a decade-long, successful run as part of the uber-talented Anchorage Daily News staff. Reach him at matt.nevala@gmail.com.

Arielle Himelbloom – Events Calendar Manager

Arielle is a Kodiak High graduate, a running connoisseur and a collegiate athlete at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she runs cross country and track for the Seawolves. She has earned five GNAC all-academic honors and was part of the 2018 UAA cross country team that won the GNAC championship. She has raced every distance from the 100 meters to half-marathons. As an events manager with the Alaska Sports Report, Arielle aims to encourage community involvement in sports by compiling a calendar of statewide events. Got an event you want us to know about? Reach her at runnerarielle@gmail.com.

Shelley Romer – Development Director

Shelley has been with the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame for seven years and has more than 15 years of building a strong resume in fundraising, grant writing, planning and business development. The West High grad, who got her Masters from Alaska Pacific University, grew up in both rural and urban Alaska being active/enjoying the great outdoors (especially rock climbing, skiing, running and hiking). Being healthy and enjoying our amazing state, especially with her fur child Gus, is very important to Shelley and she feels very passionate about our organization’s cause. Email her at shelley@healthyfuturesak.org to inquire about Alaska Sports Report sponsorship opportunities

Natalie Osborne – Web Developer

Natalie was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She grew up alpine ski racing with the Alyeska Ski Club, and later on in college, spending her freshman year with University of Alaska Anchorage, and then later went on to race for Rocky Mountain College and Seattle University. The Service High grad has been working in Tech since 1999 and held several positions with reputable companies throughout her DotCom career. Most notably was her tenure as a Senior Marketing Producer at Major League Baseball (MLB.com). She brings her production and editorial experience from MLB.com to the Alaska Sports Report team and is thrilled to provide a platform that acknowledges and celebrates Alaskan athletes. Natalie runs a boutique website agency, splits her time between the mountains of Alaska and Idaho, and is obsessed with mountain biking. She still skis, but has traded in her carvers for 3 pin bindings and skin tracks.