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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

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Jasmin Austin

    by James Gaddis on Mar 09, 10:32

    Montessori classrooms are ”prepared to encourage a child’s independence, freedom within limits and a sense of order,” according to the American Montessori Society.  At Denali Montessori School in Anchorage, primary teacher Jasmin Austin has made a lasting impact on her students while adhering to the Montessori method. KTVA 11’s Teacher of Week said she uses […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Dr. Jillian Gates

    by James Gaddis on Feb 23, 10:10

    Dr. Jillian Gates came to Alaska for adventure and wound up teaching some of the state’s brightest young minds. KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week educates fourth- and fifth-graders in the highly gifted program at Rogers Park Elementary School in Anchorage. Typically, Gates says, bookwork and academics come easy for her kids. “My real focus is […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Reality of Reality Shows: ‘Alaskan Women Looking for Love’

    by James Gaddis on Feb 19, 10:43

    Reality shows aren’t always flattering to the people or places they feature. Alaska is no exception. We found out that some people in Kodiak did not take too kindly to TLC’s “Alaskan Women Looking for Love.” The six-part series that aired on TLC in 2013 followed six women from Kodiak who traveled to Miami, Florida, […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Reality of Reality Shows: ‘Buying Alaska’

    by James Gaddis on Feb 17, 12:27

    Reality shows are not always what they seem, especially in Alaska. KTVA 11 News is looking into the “Reality of Reality Shows” this week, starting with the ever-popular “Buying Alaska.” The 30-minute episodes air on Destination America. The premise is simple — we are led to believe that couples featured on the show want to […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Traci Stanley

    by James Gaddis on Feb 09, 11:53

    Reading and writing in one Romig Middle School class can be an eye-opening experience. “When I came into seventh grade I did not like writing at all, but now I always look forward to language arts class. It’s probably one of my favorite classes,” said Romig Middle School seventh-grader Race Rome. Race’s teacher, Traci Stanley, […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Ronald Bowlan

    by James Gaddis on Jan 26, 11:01

    A fifth-grade teacher at Knik Elementary School has a knack for keeping his kids engaged. In his fifth year at the head of the class, KTVA 11 Teacher of the Week winner Ronald Bowlan is relatively new to teaching. Prior to commanding the classroom, he served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force as a chief […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Erik Johnson

    by James Gaddis on Jan 12, 11:26

    Erik Johnson initially thought he was going to be a pastor, but his love of helping young people inspired him to become a teacher instead. A graduate of Chugiak High School, he teaches English at Eagle River High School. The KTVA 11 News Teacher of the Week winner said the secret to his success is […]

  • DayBreak

    Piglets race for the prize at the Alaska State Fair

    by James Gaddis on Aug 28, 9:02

    The Daybreak crew spent a day at the Alaska State Fair this week and our first stop was the Kenai Peninsula Pig Races. Megan and I scouted the competitors and made a small bet: The loser has to get the winner coffee for an entire week. The KTVA 11 News Corral is where pigs become […]

  • 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 Daybreak Staff 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 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    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 […]