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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

  • Health

    Wylie’s birth story: The strength of premature babies and their moms

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 18, 9:26

    Tabitha Voeller and her husband have a higher tolerance for mischief than most parents. They laugh as their 2-year-old son Wylie gets his hands into everything. They have seemingly endless patience for the toddler. That’s because Wylie wasn’t supposed to turn two. It’s thanks to his mom’s persistence that he was born at all. “He was […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Hot Seat: Mike Gordon and Harriet Drummond for House District 18

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 03, 21:33

    A well-known Spenard area businessman hopes his popularity helps him take over an Alaska House seat that hasn’t been red in nearly a decade. If money is an indication in this race, then Mike Gordon has an advantage. According to the most recent campaign finance reports, Gordon raised $158,000 this campaign cycle. That’s the fourth most of […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Hot Seats: Vince Beltrami and Cathy Giessel for Senate District N

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 02, 20:18

    It’s been called the “heavy weight title fight” of the state election races this year. New financial disclosure reports out Nov. 1 show both candidates for Senate District N — Vince Beltrami and Sen. Cathy Giessel — have each raised over $200,000. That’s among the top campaign fund amounts for a state race in Alaska history. […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Hot Seats: Matt Claman and Marilyn Stewart for House District 21

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 01, 21:17

    She’s a veteran and he’s a former acting mayor of Anchorage. Both of the candidates, want your vote on Nov. 8 — the West Anchorage state House race between Marilyn Stewart and Matt Claman could come down to the wire. This year, being an incumbent is tough. People are not happy with how lawmakers ended […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Hot Seats: Lance Pruitt and Harry Crawford for House District 27

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 31, 20:36

    Taking out the incumbents — six state lawmakers were knocked out of office during the August primary. One of the candidates in an East Anchorage House race hopes that trend continues in the general election. “Hi there how are you? I think I’m doing well. My name is Harry Crawford and I’m running for the […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Harsh words for candidates, criminal reform bill at ARWC debate

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 11, 22:02

    Criticism for the governor and scathing reviews of the criminal justice reform bill — Senate Bill 91 — were the two big topics of discussion during Tuesday night’s state candidate debate at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The event was hosted by the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club (ARWC) and featured four Senate candidates and nine […]

  • Alaska News

    Ahtna conducts exploratory drilling for natural gas near Tolsona

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 10, 20:38

    Kristal Bengtson can’t remember a day in her life she hasn’t had to stuff her wood stove with logs. Like a puzzle piece, she moves the logs around to fit as many as she can. The more she puts in, the fewer times she has to come back and refill the stove. “The less you […]

  • News

    Warm Springs Bay: A secret gem locals would like to keep secret

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 27, 23:46

    In Warm Springs Bay, the clouds and ocean mark the time. Herring pounce on giant salmon, swallowing them in one gulp. Fishermen travel hundreds of miles out of their way to bathe in the public baths fueled by the nearby hot springs. At the Alaska Whale Research Center, biologists’ lives revolve around the ever-changing wind. […]

  • Alaska News

    How humpback whales are causing conflict in Southeast Alaska

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 26, 22:56

    Once hunted to the brink of extinction, the humpback whale is making a comeback. Researchers in southeast Alaska estimate the number of humpbacks has quadrupled in the last 20 years. However, that increase comes with a cost. Maeve O’Connell lives for data. The more she has, the more she understands what’s going on beneath the ocean. […]

  • Alaska News

    State worker accidentally tweets about rape, Trump on DHSS account

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 26, 20:35

    We apologize, some recent tweets were inadvertently posted to our account by a DHSS staff member who was logged into the wrong account. — Alaska DHSS (@Alaska_DHSS) September 27, 2016   ANCHORAGE — The state Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is apologizing to Alaskans after one of their employees tweeted about rape and […]

  • Outdoors

    Humpbacks thrive and adapt in southeast Alaska

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 26, 10:52

    Earlier this month, most of the world’s humpback whales were removed from the endangered species list. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says nine of 14 humpback populations have returned to healthy numbers after they were hunted to the brink of extinction. However, their rebounded numbers are causing them to do something they have never […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Gov. Walker reflects on 2 years in office, looks ahead

    by Emily Carlson on Aug 19, 17:38

    Updated at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, August 22 Gov. Bill Walker was sworn into office nearly two years ago. In December 2014, he did something no Alaskan had done — with a Democrat at his side, the former-Republican was elected the first Independent governor in Alaska. However, it hasn’t been easy. After a session filled with […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska delegates disrupt Republican National Convention after claims their party miscounted votes

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 19, 11:42

    ANCHORAGE — Donald Trump secured the Republican Party’s nomination for president at the Republican National Convention (RNC), but not without some drama from Alaska’s delegation, which disrupted the convention after they claimed their votes were recorded wrong. Tuckerman Babcock, the chairman of Alaska’s Republican Party, was at the microphone set to announce how our state’s […]

  • Outdoors

    Over the Edge: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska hosts high-rise fundraiser

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 15, 21:11

    If you’re a little wary of heights, you probably don’t want to glance behind you before the person holding your harness tells you to straighten your legs and lean your body over the side of the 15-story building you’re standing on. “Over the Edge” is not for the faint of heart, but it is for […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    Snow on Mount Marathon peak could prove tricky for runners

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 03, 11:43

    In Seward, it was rainy the day before the Mount Marathon race, but there’s another weather condition that’s worrying many competitors. At the peak of the mountain, 3,022 feet above Seward, there’s a large snow field. Racers say they haven’t seen these conditions in at least 5 years. A lot of people were practicing the […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    Women in the prime time: The advantages of racing last

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 02, 17:53

    You could say it takes a certain craziness to hurl your body down a very steep mountain littered with hazards and unforgiving to mistakes. But 35-time Mount Marathon finishers Patti Foldager and Ellyn Brown say they’re not crazy, they’re in love. “I signed up like an hour before the race and I had no idea […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    The Birdman: The man, the myth, the crowd favorite at Mount Marathon

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 01, 21:52

    There’s a lot of characters that run the grueling, punishing and sometimes bloody slog up and down Mount Marathon. Some would say, you have to be a touch crazy to endure the 3,033 foot climb. However, the most popular racer may be the creature known as “The Birdman.” “Birdman is the guy who has his […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    From mushing to Mount Marathon: The Seavey family rivalry

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 01, 8:25

    Any time the Seavey family gathers, it somehow turns into a competition. They’re known for mushing, but this weekend, their focus is on Mount Marathon — and the youngest brother has been scheming for months. “I have a plan to take Dallas out of the race. He should recover from it within a few months. […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    Friendly rivalry fuels women to attempt to break Mount Marathon record

    by Emily Carlson on Jun 29, 22:45

    In Alaska, the mountain racing community is small. So when powerhouse Najeeby Quinn felt an unfamiliar stride creeping up on her during a race a few years ago, she was immediately intrigued. “She almost passed me and I held her off by a second and I was like, ‘who are you?’” she said. That was […]

  • Alaska News

    New tool helps biologists keep Copper River salmon healthy

    by Emily Carlson on May 17, 20:05

    Copper River fishermen have mixed feelings about the first catch of the season. While they’re seeing record prices at the dock, their salmon are the smallest they’ve been in years. On Monday night, the price per pound was $6.50 for reds and $9.50 for kings. Normally, Copper River reds go for about $2.50 on average […]