• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 15s

Alaskan Preston Pollard makes waves in the Lower 48

By KTVA CBS 11 News 10:43 AM August 25, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

He’s an Alaskan doing big things in the Lower 48: You may recognize him from the cover of the book, “I Am Alaskan,” and now you can find him online on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

A professional skateboarder and motivational speaker, 26-year-old Preston Pollard joined Daybreak on the couch Monday to talk about #OWN and his journey outside of the Last Frontier.

“#OWN is all about inspiration,” he said. “Being a young man growing up in Alaska, I always wanted some inspiration but I didn’t see a lot of it. So with this #OWN show, it’s online on Oprah.com and I get an opportunity to share my personal stories from different things I had to go through, different struggles I had to go through. I can talk to young people and let them know that it’s ok if they make mistakes and I can just give them some hope for that one to two minutes. It’s really wonderful, I really enjoy it.”

Pollard calls himself a “regular guy from Alaska.” He started skateboarding and said he always had a passion for helping people. He started motivational speaking at 18 and admits to being nervous and scared when he first started at Chester Valley Elementary School. He worked his way up to Wendler Middle School and eventually went on to speak at high schools.

When he was 21, Pollard left Anchorage to pursue a career in skateboarding.

“The love for skateboarding came just because I’m an ADD kid,” he said. “I was in special ed growing up because I was so hyper and couldn’t sit still.”

He continued to make motivational speeches and began TV hosting for Juce TV in California. Soon enough, people started to take notice. He was given the opportunity to speak to youth in Compton, California; then his information was passed along to the OWN.

One year and three meetings later, the network called to give Pollard the gig of a lifetime with his own two-minute segment on Oprah.com.

Pollard has been on billboards in Times Square. He’s done some acting and modeled for Forever 21 and Nike. He now has his own skateboard line, with a deck featuring a famous portrait of himself taken by Anchorage photographer Brian Adams.

“I’ve always started from hanging out with people that always did better than me,” he said. “I hang out with a lot of people that are always doing amazing things, so they inspire me to do better.”

Click here to watch Pollard’s video, “The Reward of Leaving Your Comfort Zone.”

 

Latest Stories

  • Crime

    Fairbanks man indicted on murder charges for 2014 killing

    by Associated Press on May 30, 7:50

    A Fairbanks man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a woman whose remains were found near North Pole in 2014. Zachary Whisenhunt has been indicted on charges of first- and second-degree murder and evidence tampering. The 29-year-old suspect is scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday. Authorities have not yet […]

  • News

    State to consider privatizing youth detention centers

    by Associated Press on May 30, 7:45

    The state is seeking contractors to look into the feasibility of privatizing four of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services’ juvenile detention facilities. The Peninsula Clarion reports that the department is considering privatizing four facilities in an effort to cut costs as the Legislature looks to trim the state budget. The feasibility study […]

  • Crime

    Friend remembers Brandon Merritt, 19-year-old killed in gas station shooting

    by Eric Ruble on May 29, 20:17

    Brandon Merritt had been in Alaska less than one month when he was shot and killed at a Holiday gas station on Abbott Road last week. He grew up here before moving to Hawai’i for his freshman year at Campbell High School in ‘Ewa Beach, where he met Sam Lewis. “Ever since the day we […]

  • News

    AFD calls Div. of Forestry, JBER for assistance with wildfire near East Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 29, 18:01

    The Anchorage Fire Department is responding to a wildfire just less than a mile from an East Anchorage neighborhood. The fire was first reported at 5:25 p.m., according to fire dispatchers. AFD Fire Chief Denis LeBlanc said the fire was located on military land and was difficult to reach, so the department has reached out […]

  • News

    Dead whale found stuck on cruise ship docking in Seward

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 29, 17:26

    A dead humpback whale was found on the bow of a Holland America cruise ship Sunday morning in Seward. The Seward City News reported the Zaandam arrived at the Alaska Railroad terminal with what was initially believed to be juvenile humpback whale on the bulbous, lower bow. The whale has since been tentatively identified as […]

  • News

    DOF battles two wildfires near McGrath, one covers roughly 100 acres

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 29, 17:05

    The Alaska Division of Forestry is battling two wildfires near McGrath, including one that has grown to nearly 100 acres. The larger fire, known as the Medfra fire, was reported at 10:25 a.m. and “started in an old burn area and spread into an unburned area with fresh fuel.” The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reports […]

  • News

    Firefighter: Grass fire at Glenn Highway ramp may have been started by cigarette

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 29, 15:20

    An Anchorage firefighter at the scene of a small grass fire near the Glenn Highway Sunday told KTVA it may have been started by a cigarette butt thrown out of a passing vehicle. The fire was first reported to the fire department at 2:25 p.m., according to fire dispatchers. The fire was out less than […]

  • News

    UPDATE: 8-year-old girl found safe; Anchorage police still looking for mother

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 29, 14:53

    Updated at 7 a.m. on Mon., May 30 Eight-year-old Nayla Demings, missing since early Sunday morning, has been located and is safe, according to a release from the Anchorage Police Department. Police are sill looking for her mother, 36-year-old Nakisha Reed, who has warrants for her arrest. Original story Anchorage Police Department is searching for an […]