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Is Alaska Daily based on a true story?

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Alaska Daily is one of the newest shows you need to immediately check out if you haven’t done so already. The series follows Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a disgraced New York journalist looking to find redemption in Anchorage, Alaska.

The story that brings her to Alaska is one of a missing Indigenous woman. Nothing is adding up, and it’s been two years that this woman’s mother has searched for answers. The editor of the paper, Stanley, wants Eileen on it, although she needs to work with an Indigenous reporter, Roz.

It’s clear that this isn’t an isolated incident. There are other Indigenous missing women and girls. Some of them remain missing, while others turn up dead—murdered, although the cops don’t seem to be doing anything about it. Eileen and Roz need to figure out the truth behind the story.

Is Alaska Daily based on truth?

The story itself isn’t quite truthful. The reporters in the series are not based on real reporters. However, the fight for truth is. This story does follow a very real investigation into the murdered and missing Indigenous women in Anchorage, Alaska. The local paper eventually published the story.

This is not an isolated story, either. If you look across the whole of North America, you’ll see that there’s a common theme. Indigenous women go missing or are murdered and the local police do nothing—or very little to make it look like this sort of care.

Trails all end up running cold. This has become an epidemic across North America, but so few people talk about it on mainstream TV. Alaska Daily* is fighting to bring this very real problem to the surface, and we need to listen.

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Alaska Daily air Thursdays on ABC in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada.