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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

  • State

    Judge rules on National Guard document release

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 30, 21:30

    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 afternoon, a Superior Court judge ruled the state must provide a detailed log of hundreds of pages of emails by Friday at noon. Judge Greg Miller lectured state attorneys on Alaska […]

  • State

    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 […]

  • Local

    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 […]

  • State

    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 […]

  • State

    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 […]

  • State

    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 […]

  • State

    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 […]

  • State

    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 […]

  • State

    Alaska mayors take stand against marijuana measure

    by Emily Carlson on Aug 28, 22:36

    Another Alaskan group is voicing their opinion on Ballot Measure 2. Mayors from across the state have a strong message: they do not want marijuana in their communities. The Alaska Conference of Mayors passed a resolution against Ballot Measure 2 and donated $5,000 to the “Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2” campaign. The […]

  • State

    Overdue boater found alive, Coast Guard thanks partnering agencies

    by Emily Carlson on Aug 18, 10:14

    Update: The Sector Anchorage command center has confirmed that the missing boater, George Green, has been found “alive and well.” Green was found on the southern portion of the Little Susitna River at around 9:30 a.m. Monday, says Lt. Matthew Mitchell. “This case was not just a Coast Guard effort, but the Anchorage Fire Department […]

  • News

    Municipality begins new port improvement process

    by Emily Carlson on Aug 18, 8:25

    The Municipality of Anchorage is beginning a weeklong effort to fix the problems at the Port of Anchorage. Construction on the expansion project started nearly a decade ago. So far, city leaders say more than $300 million has been spent, but much of the work has to be torn out and redone. Earlier this year, […]

  • State

    Sally Jewell responds to King Cove’s letter

    by Emily Carlson on Aug 13, 22:06

    In the latest drama over a 10-mile road between two communities in the Aleutians East Borough, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell again told residents she is preventing it from being built. Jewell said she was rejecting the road back in December. But the community of King Cove wrote Jewell a letter asking her […]

  • State

    Murkowski criticizes Sally Jewell in letter about King Cove

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 23, 23:07

    Seven months after U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell rejected what residents call a life-saving road for King Cove, one of Alaska’s senators continues to fight. Sen. Lisa Murkowski sent a letter to Jewell, criticizing her for what Murkowski says is Jewell’s ongoing failure to protect the safety of the people of King Cove. The […]

  • State

    Murkowski visits Texas border town to assess immigration problem

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 18, 22:39

    Alaska’s senior senator says there’s not enough people advocating for the thousands of Central American kids illegally pouring across the U.S. border. Sen. Lisa Murkowski toured the border town of McAllen, Texas, this week and said she’s unconvinced the Obama administration is doing enough to resolve the situation. The issue is complex, she said, and […]

  • State

    Alaska explores partnership with Enbridge

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 10, 23:04

    The state of Alaska is exploring its options for a statewide natural gas pipeline. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) says it’s in exclusive talks with a Canadian company that could help get the $7 billion project rolling. AGDC is partnering with Enbridge to see if they can get the pipeline built. Miles Baker with […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    After life-threatening fall, Matt Kenney takes on Mount Marathon again

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 04, 22:40

    The look of sheer determination on Matt Kenney’s face Friday said it all: I will summit Mount Marathon. “Perseverance, just to finish what I couldn’t start that day,” Kenney said. That day was July 4, 2012. He slipped and fell more than 30 feet on the mountain and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Doctors told […]