About the Alaska Landmine
The Landmine was founded in October 2017 in an Anchorage coffee shop. The name Alaska Landmine was the result of a Facebook post by Jeff Landfield, who wanted to crowdsource a name for an Alaska political news site. Since its founding the Landmine has grown to be one of the most popular political news sites in Alaska. Since 2019, we have provided on the ground coverage of the Alaska Legislature. The Landmine focuses on delivering non-partisan Alaska news that other media outlets don’t always report, and we do so in a fun, entertaining and high energy way!
Jeff moved to Alaska in 2004. He graduated from UAA in 2009 and worked in the IT and telecom industry for 7 years. He ran for State Senate in 2012 as a completely unknown candidate against an incumbent Senator and almost pulled off a shocking upset, garnering 44% of the vote in the GOP Primary. In 2016, he ran again for the same seat and lost – badly. He is well known for his eclectic personality and shenanigans, most infamously his “Speedo-gate” scandal.
Special Features Editor and Creative Director
Paxson Woelber was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, where he currently works as a creative professional. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Backpacker Magazine, and ADN, and he has provided commentary on outdoor topics for the New York Times and BBC. He is the Special Features Editor and provides design and technical services for the Alaska Landmine.
The Alaska Stalker was born and raised in Alaska. She is a stay-at-home mom and lives in South Anchorage with her husband, and three children ages 4 and under. She is generally competent.
Thank you to those Alaskans whose skills and talents have helped the Landmine grow.
Lee Baxter was raised in Anchorage, where he grew up fishing the Kenai River and hiking the Chugach front range. He attended college and law school in Montana before returning to Alaska. Lee is a practicing civil litigation attorney in Alaska, but he prefers a fly rod to the rules of civil procedure. He and his colleague successfully represented The Alaska Landmine in a lawsuit in Alaska federal court after Governor Mike Dunleavy’s press office excluded Jeff Landfield from press conferences without providing a reason for the exclusion or criteria for credentialing journalists to attend.
Currently a stay-at-home dad living in Vancouver, WA, Jason worked in Alaska for almost 10 years, first as PD at KDLG Public Radio in Dillingham then as Online Content Manager at KTVA News in Anchorage. He now manages KONR-LP 106.1 and assists the Alaska Landmine with podcast production and tech consulting.
Scott Jensen and Carolyn Hall
Scott Jensen and Carolyn Hall are national award-winning storytellers. They are co-founders of Jensen Hall Creative, a boutique media production company that specializes in capturing human emotion as life naturally unfolds. On occasion, they collaborate with the Alaska Landmine. When they do, their greatest challenge is managing Jeff.
Madi Ko grew up in Fairbanks and Palmer. She studied Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she told everyone that Alaska has glaciers bigger than Rhode Island. She worked on the successful Alaskans for Better Elections campaign for ranked choice voting in 2020. She recently started working in New York City. She continually has to remind Jeff there’s a four hour time difference between Alaska and the East Coast.
Vikram “Choppi” Chopra
Vikram assists Jeff with media projects that the rest of Team Landmine refuses to touch. Choppi’s interests include photography, design, and falconry. He studied at University of Delhi and currently resides with his wife and daughter in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Choppi is the 2021 recipient of the Rajasthan Bureau of Culture and Industry’s Young Leaders of Excellence Award for his work photographing cobalt mines.