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James Gaddis

In September of 2013, I embarked on a road trip across the continent to fulfill a dream of living in Alaska and a career goal of becoming a morning news anchor. I have a sincere desire to inform, educate, entertain and inspire viewers here.

Stories by James Gaddis

  • News

    Social media challenge participants get cold and wet for a good cause

    by James Gaddis on Aug 12, 11:09

    In your social media feeds this week, there’s a chance you’ve seen some friends and followers dumping buckets of ice water on top of their heads. From Facebook to Twitter and Instagram, there have been floods of these videos coming in. But it’s all for a good cause. It’s called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. […]

  • DayBreak

    Hallo Bay bears give economic boost to neighboring community

    by James Gaddis on Jul 25, 10:44

    Making people “Bear Aware” isn’t the only benefit of Hallo Bay Bear Camp. It also provides an economic boost across the bay. Located inside Katmai National Park and Preserve, Hallo Bay’s base of operations is in Homer. The town’s Chamber of Commerce has 500 members, 12 of which are flightseeing and bear watching companies like […]

  • DayBreak

    World-class naturalist pursues passion for bears at Hallo Bay

    by James Gaddis on Jul 24, 13:54

    It’s not just the bears that are impressive at Hallo Bay Bear Camp in Katmai National Park. Lead guide Simyra Taback is considered one of the best naturalist guides on the planet, according to a popular travel magazine. In 2012, Taback won the Silver Wanderlust World Guide Award in London. She finished in second place […]

  • DayBreak

    Exploring Kodiak: Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park

    by James Gaddis on Jun 19, 12:36

    Taking a walk through Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park is like taking a trip back in time. From old, rusty water pipes to gun emplacements, remnants of World War II can still be seen from the trails that meander through the tall Sitka spruce trees. Inside a bunker once used to store ammunition you will […]

  • DayBreak

    Exploring Kodiak with Marty Owen

    by James Gaddis on Jun 18, 11:41

    The Emerald Island’s longtime harbor master recently retired, adding another chapter to his family’s rich history there. Marty Owen is the grandson of Al Owen, the first Alaska state Senator from Kodiak. Marty, who grew up in Tacoma, spent many summers working on crabbing boats and tendered for salmon off the shores of Kodiak. After 24 […]

  • Travel Tuesday

    Travel Tuesday: Talkeetna Roadhouse and Ruth Glacier

    by James Gaddis on May 20, 12:13

    For Travel Guru Scott McMurren and KTVA’s James Gaddis, the journey to Ruth Glacier began at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse. That’s where owner Trisha Costello serves heaping plates of hotcakes and other homemade fare to climbers preparing to venture into Denali National Park. For those looking for a lighter trip, flightseeing company K2 Aviation can […]

  • DayBreak

    SeaLife Center biologists train tentacles for life in the wild

    by James Gaddis on May 16, 11:28

    While marine animals at the Alaska SeaLife Center may live in glass tanks, handlers work hard to make sure they get a taste of life in the wild. Click the video above to watch an octopus named Thumb receive training and a snack from ASLC staff.

  • DayBreak

    Marine science program celebrates 20 years

    by James Gaddis on May 12, 10:12

    The Kenai Fjords Marine Science Program is celebrating its twentieth year on Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound. Education Coordinator Leslie Jacoby said 44,000 students have taken part in the five-hour field trip since 1994. Students collect plankton, learn about seawater, marine mammals and seabirds and work with park rangers to get a better understanding of […]

  • DayBreak

    Spring whale watching tour not just for tourists

    by James Gaddis on May 12, 9:26

    Taking a wildlife tour out of Seward in early spring not only helps avoid a crowd, but also ensures you’ll experience a special time in Alaska. “Today was the beginning of the dynamics of the ecosystem coming back alive in spring,” said Kenai Fjords Tours Captain Chris Overbeck. KTVA’s James Gaddis and Daybreak’s Family Fun […]

  • Local

    Broadcast legacy lives on at Mirror Lake Middle School

    by James Gaddis on May 01, 9:27

    KTVA’s studio isn’t the only one named after Augie Hiebert, the “father of Alaska television.” For the last five years, Hiebert’s name has graced a working television and radio room inside Mirror Lake Middle School. The on-air-talent and “staff” behind the scenes are all seventh and eighth grade students. Each member of the class must […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Alaskans crowd Homer Theatre for movie premiere

    by James Gaddis on Apr 18, 9:11

    It’s not every day that a major motion picture premieres in Alaska, let alone for a packed house at the Homer Theatre. But Thursday night, nothing but rave reviews followed the final credits of the movie “Bears.” The movie by Disney Nature was filmed primarily in Katmai National Park and Preserve, and it tells the […]

  • DayBreak

    Daybreak’s family travel expert is always ‘On the Go’

    by James Gaddis on Apr 03, 13:26

    Erin Kirkland moved to Anchorage in 2005 with her husband and young son, but had trouble finding resources for family fun. “You know, Facebook and social media sites hadn’t really taken off quite yet and so I had a little trouble finding resources,” Kirkland said. A freelance writer, Kirkland decided to do it herself. “So […]

  • Iditarod

    Photographer captures decades of Iditarod history

    by James Gaddis on Mar 13, 10:18

    ANCHORAGE – Mushers and dogs weren’t the only ones braving the trail to Nome over the past several weeks: The official photographer of the Iditarod has been capturing the race since 1981. Jeff Schultz – who’s working on self-publishing a book on the Last Great Race – says there’s one thing he loves about the […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Local bakery cooks up Valentine’s Day treats

    by James Gaddis on Feb 14, 10:54

    ANCHORAGE – A lot of time and TLC goes into making chocolates at the Alaska Cake Studio in Downtown Anchorage. KTVA 11’s James Gaddis was invited into the kitchen to help the boss prepare for the Valentine’s Day rush.  

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Art exhibit features ocean refuse

    by James Gaddis on Feb 07, 10:40

    ANCHORAGE – A new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum is looking to shed light on a trashy trend. “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean” features colorful, creative displays made primarily from plastics abandoned in the world’s oceans. Circling marine currents — called gyres — can carry garbage thousands of miles between coasts. For the next seven months, […]

  • Local

    Google GPS grapples with Anchorage street names

    by James Gaddis on Jan 14, 14:01

    ANCHORAGE – Many smartphone users tap into Google’s GPS navigation system to get them around town. While the search engine giant does a great job getting you to your destination, it often times mispronounces street names. Click on the video box above to see for yourself.

  • Local

    Ask Alaska: The “Polar Vortex”

    by James Gaddis on Jan 08, 9:33

    ANCHORAGE –As historic cold temperatures and snow bear down on the Lower 48, do Alaskans have any sympathy for people dealing with the ‘Polar Vortex?’ Click on the video box to find out.

  • Money

    Anchorage named one of the best cities to start a business

    by James Gaddis on Dec 20, 20:04

    ANCHORAGE – Budding entrepreneurs might want to consider setting up shop in Anchorage when starting a small business. A recent study by CreditDonkey.com ranked Anchorage #6 on its list of Best Small Cities to Start a Business. Boulder, Colo., topped the list. The study takes into account various factors, such as the percentage of small […]

  • Local

    Meet Watcher, this week’s Daybreak Adopt-A-Pet

    by James Gaddis on Dec 13, 13:28

    ANCHORAGE – Watcher is an 8-year-old neutered male, domestic medium-hair mix cat. He is a handsome kitty with an endearing appearance brought on by his new haircut. Watcher was badly matted when he arrived at the Anchorage Animal Care & Control Center and had to have his fur shaved. He is absolutely adorable with his […]