Hal Spence moved to Homer in October 1981, a year later landing a job as a photographer and reporter for the Homer News. He spent 19 years with the Homer paper, followed by seven more with the Peninsula Clarion. During that time, he covered city, borough and state politics, natural resources, the environment, and more. He served as a board member, secretary and president of the Alaska Press Club during the 1990s. Since early 2009, he’s been doing contract consulting for several environmental organizations, among them Cook Inletkeeper, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, and World Wildlife Fund. Spence also is a musician and has played with various bands in the Homer area since the 1980s. His interests lie in the sciences, especially particle physics and cosmology. He and his wife Lynn, a former Hospice of Homer staffer, have a daughter, Katherine, in college in New York. When asked to join the Hospice of Homer board, Hal easily answered that question with a resounding yes, wanting to offer his talents to the HOH and the community.
Hal is the current board secretary.