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Emily Carlson

I’m thrilled to be part of the new KTVA news team. Almost everything about us may be new, but we are doing things right. Look for solid news coverage from a crew that is excited to be here and tell you interesting, informative and well-thought-out stories.

Stories by Emily Carlson

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After months with no doctors, Valley VA health clinic may soon have a physician

    by Emily Carlson on Mar 11, 6:55

    After searching for nearly three years, the Mat-Su Veterans Affairs health clinic has tentatively hired a doctor to assist the nearly 2,000 vets who need care there. Tuesday night, the VA held one of their quarterly hearings to learn how they can improve care. Many vets were concerned with staffing. Since last May, the outpatient […]

  • Alaska

    Low king salmon return leads to emergency orders

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 20, 21:23

    Predicted low run totals for king salmon is again forcing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to issue emergency orders. The latest emergency orders take effect in April for waters in the Cook Inlet and Kenai Peninsula. Fish and Game officials are predicting a return of about 5,200 king salmon. That’s similar to last […]

  • Alaska

    AFN hopeful as Walker’s administration pledges to give Alaska Natives louder voice

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 17, 23:13

    Amidst the pomp and circumstance of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s visit to Alaska, a gathering happened that went largely unnoticed. Compared to the friction between Sally Jewell and Alaska lawmakers over new protections in ANWR, some lost sight that the Alaska Federation of Natives’ leadership meeting was the reason that they gathered in […]

  • National

    Secretary Jewell visits Kotzebue

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 17, 8:35

    A dog and pony show — that’s what some are calling the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s visit to Kotzebue. Lots of media, even more press conferences and an impressive list of lawmakers filled Monday. Everyone in Kotzebue to see what Secretary Sally Jewell had to say about the president’s recently proposed protections for Alaska’s […]

  • Alaska

    Kaktovik: A village divided

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 16, 9:09

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is coming to Alaska to see firsthand how climate change is affecting the Arctic. However, a delegation of state lawmakers plans on giving her an earful about the president’s recent proposal for new wilderness designations in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Those designations would take oil drilling off the […]

  • State

    Sex worker advocate in Juneau lobbying for change to Alaska law

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 04, 1:36

    Lawmakers see all kinds of lobbyists during the legislative session in Juneau. But one sex worker advocate who showed up this week is causing quite a stir in the halls of the Capitol. Terra Burns is in Juneau to fight for the rights of prostitutes. Before she made the trip she was in Fairbanks, where she’s […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Assembly passes $472M budget for 2015

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 27, 9:27

    The Anchorage Assembly passed the municipality’s 2015 budget Wednesday afternoon, but not before some debate on whether to cut additional staff and a surprise tennis court proposal. The $472 million budget passed unanimously in a two-hour special meeting. It’s a little more than $2 million over what Mayor Dan Sullivan proposed in October. The mayor […]

  • Alaska

    Former Guard member speaks out about her assault

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 31, 11:23

    A former Alaska National Guard member says it wasn’t what Guard leadership did, it’s what they didn’t do that nearly killed her after she was sexually assaulted. In the wake of the September report that revealed claims of misconduct and mistrust within the Guard, Spc. Melissa Jones is speaking out. It’s agonizing, she says, but […]

  • Alaska

    Judge rules on National Guard document release

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 30, 21:30

    Update: The Alaska Department of Law has released hundreds of pages of emails in relation to allegations of sexual assault and misconduct within the Alaska National Guard. Read them here. On Friday, Alaskans will get a glimpse into what Gov. Sean Parnell knew about the Alaska National Guard scandal, and when he knew it. Thursday […]

  • Alaska

    Former Guard commander describes working with ‘the three-headed monster’

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 30, 7:24

    They are the documents that led to local schools banning military recruiters from campus. Now, the four men named in those documents are suing the U.S. Army after their confidential investigations were leaked to the media. Lt. Col. Joseph Lawendowski, Sgt. Shannon Tallant, Master Sgt. John Nieves and Master Sgt. Jarrett Carson say they are […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Former Alaska National Guard member alleges fraud, forgery within the ranks

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 09, 22:38

    It’s been more than a month since a federal report revealed a system of abuse and mistrust within the Alaska National Guard. Before that report was released, there were claims made regarding sex abuse — then investigators discovered things were much worse. We’ve told you those stories of alleged sexual assault from inside the Alaska […]

  • Alaska

    Soldiers react to Parnell’s handling of National Guard assault allegations

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 03, 10:08

    Some soldiers within the Alaska National Guard say they’ve been giving Gov. Sean Parnell specifics on sexual assault within the ranks — like times, dates and names — for years. At a Thursday press conference, Parnell defended his actions. One soldier says she is insulted by the remarks Parnell has made. We’re not revealing the soldier’s identity […]

  • Alaska

    Ballot Measure 2 hearing draws passionate speakers

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 24, 14:24

    An emotional hearing took place Tuesday night on a ballot measure that seeks to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. If you had to pick one word to describe the marijuana debate at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, “lively” would be a good choice. Many opponents of Ballot Measure 2 had trouble getting though […]

  • Health

    Climbathon raises $50k for cancer awareness

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 15, 13:13

    Saturday’s Let Every Woman Know Climbathon raised more than $50,000 for cancer awareness. The goal of the event was to shed light specifically on gynecologic cancer, a disease doctors say too many women don’t know enough about. “G” and the Extra-Toughs Toward the back of the pack of elite mountain climbers, Gwendolyn Carlson — known as “G” […]

  • Health

    Cancer survivors and supporters to raise awareness by climbing mountain

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 12, 21:15

    Gwendolyn Carlson loves to high-five life’s successes, no matter how small they may be. “G,” as everyone calls her, is the nurse manager at Alaska Women’s Cancer Care. She brings compassion and energy to a job that, most days, is filled with breaking terrible news to terrified patients. Carlson knows what it’s like to hear […]

  • Health

    Cancer survivor fights for her life while helping others

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 12, 10:33

    Always enthusiastic and full of life, Mary Rita Ely never imagined something ugly was destroying her body. “I had a tumor the size of a grapefruit!” she said. “How the hell did I not notice that?” Ely has always been healthy and active. But by the time she figured out her stomach pain was ovarian […]

  • Alaska

    National Guard sexual assault victim speaks out

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 09, 7:47

    You’ve heard from the governor and seen the damaging report about the mishandling of sexual assault victims in the Alaska National Guard. The report, from the National Guard Bureau Office of Complex Investigations, found that the Alaska National Guard improperly documented sexual assaults, failed to refer victims to advocates and breached confidentiality. For the first […]

  • Alaska

    Former Guard member sheds light on sexual assault allegations

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 04, 22:57

    Over the past few months, KTVA talked to many former and current National Guard members. Many described firsthand accounts of assault and abuse they’ve experienced in the Guard. Those victims were scared to show their faces on camera, fearing retribution from command. But others, who also heard their stories, did share with KTVA what they […]

  • Alaska

    Troopers regulate the rules of the water

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 04, 22:04

    Fishing for sport is fun, especially the art of reeling in that fighting fish. But many fishermen out there are casting and catching fish illegally, says Alaska State Trooper Jim Lindberg. Lindberg doesn’t like the term “law enforcer.” He says he likes to think of himself as Alaska’s fishing manager. His job is to make […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Parnell reacts to new Walker-Mallott ticket

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 03, 7:31

    A new political partnership has formed between two former rivals. Independent Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott officially joined forces on the independent ticket to take on Gov. Sean Parnell in November. It’s an unprecedented move, one that both candidates call putting people before politics. It’s a partnership forged after the former rivals decided to […]