Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty ImagesAnchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz speaks during a news conference on Oct. 8, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images)
By Jake Dima
Published October 13, 2020 at 10:14am
The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, issued an apology on Monday for what he said was a “consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship” with a local news anchor.
Democratic Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, who is married, admitted to a relationship with KTBY and KYUR news anchor Maureen “Maria” Athens, according to a news release from his office.
“I apologize to the people of Anchorage for a major lapse in judgment I made several years ago when I had a consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship with reporter Maria Athens,” Berkowitz wrote in the statement.
“I’m embarrassed and ashamed for the hurt I’ve caused my family and our community. I take responsibility for my actions.”
Athens reportedly posted a video to Facebook on