Bob Tkacz, a veteran freelance journalist known for his aggressive questioning of political leaders, has died. He was 61.
Juneau police Lt. David Campbell says a janitor found Tkacz's body at his 4th Street apartment Tuesday morning. Campbell says there was no indication of foul play, and Tkacz suffered from an undisclosed medical condition.
He was known for his sharp style of questioning. Word of his death brought kind remembrances from politicians and fellow reporters.
"Bob was dogged,” said Gregg Erickson, editor-at-large of the Alaska Budget Report. “If you didn't answer his question to his satisfaction, he didn't mind who cared, he was going to do his best to get the truth out of you."
Tkacz covered the Legislature and specialized in writing about the commercial fishing and seafood industries. Besides writing for other outlets, he had his own publication, Laws for the SEA.
“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,” Gov. Sean Parnell said in a statement released Thursday.
Tkacz also loved jazz music and hosted a jazz show on KTOO-FM in Juneau. In 1991, Tkacz survived a stabbing during an apparent mugging in Juneau. He moved to Alaska from Cleveland, Ohio. Next of kin has been notified of his death.
Channel 2’s Adam Pinsker contributed information to this story.