Mike Dunham grew up in rural Alaska in the era before statehood, moving to Anchorage in 1967. He held a variety of positions with radio and television stations in several Alaska towns before joining the Anchorage Daily News in 1993. His main beats have included Alaska culture, history and the fine arts. He has received local, regional and national awards for both print and broadcast work and contributed to several publications outside Alaska, including Reason, Orion and Opera (London) magazines. He is the co-editor of Osahito Miyaoka's "A Grammar of Central Alaska Yupik."