2023 Douglas Grand Marshal
A Bit About Ed
2023 Douglas Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshall Ed Schoenfeld is a musician, crime researcher, social media host, community volunteer, vice president of the Douglas Advisory Board and retired journalist.
Ed was an award-winning reporter, editor and manager for KTOO public radio, KINY-AM, the Juneau Empire and the CoastAlaska public radio consortium before he retired in 2018. He runs the popular I Live in Douglas Facebook group, which updates its 1,500 followers about community events and road work, plus rainbows and whales in the channel. He performs in the Empty Oil Barrel Band and wrote the “I Live in Douglas” song, which he taught to students at Sayéik Gastineau Community School when he sung in his children’s classrooms.
Ed and his wife, Betsy Longenbaugh, created True Crime Alaska, which researches and presents on historic murders in Southeast Alaska. They lead the Death in Douglas tour and present numerous other local true crime tours and programs.
Ed is a dedicated four-decade Douglas resident known for reminding almost anyone that it’s the Douglas Bridge, not the Juneau-Douglas Bridge. He’s also fought against calling Douglas and West Juneau “South Douglas,” though he knows he’s probably losing that battle.