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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

  • DayBreak

    Eagle River couple wins Super Bowl contest, will spend night inside arena

    by James Gaddis on Feb 04, 12:32

      EAGLE RIVER – Cory and Kristen Williams will be the first fans to ever spend the night inside a Super Bowl venue, the night prior to the big game. Late last year, Kristen entered an online contest being held by Courtyard Marriott. The video she submitted won the grand prize; four tickets to the Super […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Jackie Morris

    by James Gaddis on Feb 01, 11:02

    A mix of in-class learning and rec-room activities has been a successful combination for KTVA Teacher of the Week Jackie Morris. “They get up and they get down and they get up, so they’re not sitting in their seat all day. I couldn’t sit in my seat all day,” explained Morris. A dice game that […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    10-year-old boy who fell out of vehicle dies in Anchorage hospital

    by James Gaddis on Jan 21, 16:40

    A 10-year-old who fell out of a moving vehicle last weekend has died as a result of his injuries. Emily Tyrrell, a close family friend, said Haji Ulufanua-Mahe passed away at Providence Medical Center Tuesday surrounded by friends and family. Ulufanua-Mahe was a 5th grader at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. On Sunday, January […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Elizabeth McAllister

    by James Gaddis on Jan 18, 17:42

    Ursa Minor Elementary School’s kindergarten teacher has been wowing young students on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson since 2008, with her knack for making learning fun. “I think being silly, having fun with them, and not taking it too serious, because they’re five and six,” explained McAllister. KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week carefully weaves work and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day: A Day of Service

    by James Gaddis on Jan 18, 15:45

    Alaskans honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by giving back to their communities. Over the years, the national holiday has transformed into a “Day of Service.” In Mountain View, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Youth Council and Alaska Sierra Club joined forces to shovel neighborhood sidewalks and driveways […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Vicki Campbell

    by James Gaddis on Dec 21, 13:18

    Having grown up in a military town, and raised “military kids” herself helps KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week better relate to her students on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Vicki Campbell has taught first grade at Orion Elementary School for 16 years. “I enjoy being with children. I like that they can share with me, I love […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Christie McLean

    by James Gaddis on Dec 08, 11:32

    A special education teacher at Alpenglow Elementary School is retiring at the end of the school year — but not without first winning KTVA’s Teacher of the Week. Christie McLean has been an educator for 35 years. She started her teaching career in Alaska at Fairview Elementary School in Anchorage before moving to Alpenglow. McLean […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Brad Mondeel

    by James Gaddis on Nov 23, 10:16

    Well-rounded lessons lead to well-rounded students in Brad Mondeel’s fourth-grade classroom. “These kids walking through your door, every year, every one of them is unique and different and special in their own way and they all learn differently,” Mondeel said. “If I’m just going to teach with one method, I’m not going to reach all […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Rachel Roux

    by James Gaddis on Nov 09, 11:33

    Students at Kincaid Elementary School in Anchorage have a serious soft spot for sixth-grade teacher Rachel Roux. “Sweet, caring, kind. She’s always been like that,” said sixth-grader Natalie Isacs. KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week has taught in the Anchorage School District for 17 years. Working in an elementary school has afforded her the opportunity […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Elena Kostenko-Farkas

    by James Gaddis on Oct 26, 11:18

    ANCHORAGE – The Anchorage School District’s Russian immersion program will graduate its first class this year, thanks in large part to Elena Kostenko-Farkas. KTVA’s Teacher of the Week helped create the program in 2004. Students start in kindergarten and continue through high school with the same teacher. Aside from learning the Russian language and culture, […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Michelle O’Leary

    by James Gaddis on Oct 19, 11:02

    Seventh-grade social studies teacher Michelle O’Leary loves to pass on her lifelong passion for geography at Gruening Middle School in Eagle River. “I was one of those kids that spent Sunday afternoon laying on the floor of my parent’s home with one of those huge National Geographics, just flipping through,” O’Leary said. O’Leary, who grew […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Wendy Jacobsen

    by James Gaddis on Oct 05, 11:54

    It’s not often an award-winning educator teaches a subject they grew up disliking. Romig Middle School special education math teacher Wendy Jacobsen turned out to be an exception. “I hated it. And then, suddenly, when I started teaching some lessons, it all clicked for me and I’m like, ‘I need to work with kids who […]

  • DayBreak

    Valley Performing Arts celebrates 40th anniversary

    by James Gaddis on Aug 27, 11:58

    Valley Performing Arts in Wasilla is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The community theater got its start inside an empty church building that was donated to the state fairgrounds in Palmer in 1976. Co-founder Carol Rice performed in VPA’s first show, “Harvey,” in 1976. “It was a big success. We had unfortunately no heat in […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Mary Ziemba

    by James Gaddis on May 11, 10:59

    An East High School science teacher is helping to change lives in her classroom and save lives outside it. Mary Ziemba heads the only emergency trauma technician class in the Anchorage School District. KTVA’s Teacher of the Week is also a certified EMT. “I love emergency medicine, but I’m a teacher,” Ziemba explained. “I’m a […]

  • DayBreak

    Ask Alaska: Britain’s Princess Charlotte

    by James Gaddis on May 05, 10:18

    Britain’s royal family chose Charlotte as the name of the daughter born over the weekend to Prince William and his wife, Kate. The announcement made headlines in the United States, although not everyone was interested in the royal news from across the pond. What do Alaskans think of the name? KTVA 11’s James Gaddis set […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Kristi Senden

    by James Gaddis on Apr 13, 10:33

    Chugiak High School’s German language teacher knows how to make learning fun. “Whenever she teaches us, she’s interactive and she has a really good way of explaining things,” said ninth grade student Rebekah Smith. Kristi Senden, KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week, said learning a new language can seem like a tall task for a high […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Royce Zometsky

    by James Gaddis on Mar 30, 10:06

    Building relationships is the key to success for Clark Middle School educator Royce Zometsky. The eighth-grade science teacher was named KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week Monday morning on Daybreak. “Getting to know them, so it doesn’t seem that they’re just coming in, I’m just going through a routine on a daily basis,” Zometsky said. […]

  • 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, […]