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Joe Vigil

I can remember 50 below wind chill weather as a kid growing up in Willmar, Minn. I know parts of Alaska may get that cold, so I feel right at home here in the Land of the Midnight Sun! I learned long ago that journalism can lead to change. I do what I do because I care about my community.

Stories by Joe Vigil

  • Local

    Early cancer detection: KTVA 11′s Joe Vigil speaks with colon cancer survivor

    by Joe Vigil on Oct 28, 0:07

    Speaking from experience, when you’re told you have cancer, a lot of things go through your mind. Most of them are not pleasant. “Cancer’s a funny word,” Maxim Dolchok told me in a recent interview. “It’s easy to say and everything, but it’s impossible to receive. Your mind goes blank. You get this, ‘I’m dead.’” […]

  • Local

    Early cancer detection: KTVA 11′s Joe Vigil shares his story

    by Joe Vigil on Oct 26, 22:27

    Anchorage Fire Department Capt. Jason Dolph had a lofty goal in August. His hope was that just one person would go to the doctor and get screened for cancer. Dolph lost his mother, Linda, to breast cancer. The fire captain got private money to paint an AFD fire truck pink and named it “Miss Linda” […]

  • Local

    Saturday marks one year since deadly suspected DUI crash

    by Joe Vigil on Aug 07, 21:33

    Saturday will not be an easy day for the parents of Brooke McPheters and Jordyn Durr. Aug. 9 marks one year since a suspected drunk driving crash took the lives of the 15-year-olds. On Saturday, the families will return to the crash scene to remember the lives of the girls, and to spread the message […]

  • Crime

    Citizen DUI task force helps police make dozens of arrests

    by Joe Vigil on Jul 28, 21:34

    The more you drink and drive, the more likely it is that you’re going to run into the citizen DUI task force on Anchorage streets. The problem for drunk drivers is they will never see volunteers coming because they use their own cars to help police track down offenders. Task force members call 911 if […]

  • Local

    Families prepare for anniversary of fatal Anchorage crash

    by Joe Vigil on Jul 28, 7:23

    It has been one long year for the parents of two Anchorage teenagers killed by a suspected drunk driver in the summer of 2013. August 9 marks the first anniversary of the crash that killed 15-year-olds Jordyn Durr and Brooke McPheters at Abbott Road and 88th Avenue. The girls were walking home from a school […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    ‘Hip to be Square’ week features kid-friendly fun

    by Joe Vigil on Jul 21, 21:14

    If your kids say, “there’s nothing for us to do this summer,” you can answer by telling them about the big event this week in Town Square Park in Anchorage. Starting Monday and running through Saturday, kids of all ages can participate in face painting, four square, zumba and yoga. They can also listen to […]

  • Crime

    Convicted murderer confesses killings to KTVA

    by Joe Vigil on Jun 20, 0:34

    Anchorage police, the FBI and other agencies announced they’re investigating whether convicted killer Joshua Wade committed more murders than first thought. A joint news conference will be held Friday morning on the issue. Wade is serving 99 years in prison for shooting and killing his neighbor Mindy Schloss in the woods in Wasilla in 2007. […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Brown bear surprises photographer

    by Joe Vigil on Jun 19, 6:26

    An incredible close encounter with an Alaska brown bear is getting a lot of views on YouTube. In the video the bear wanders up behind Drew Hamilton at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. The bear then sits down next to a lawn chair. The animal gets up and moves toward Hamilton, who raises his voice. […]

  • News

    Alaskans remember D-Day

    by Joe Vigil on Jun 07, 10:55

    A woman who lives in Eagle River remembers the roar of planes taking off for the D-Day invasion more than 70 years ago. Charlotte Schwid was a nurse in nearby Tidworth, England when U.S. service members stormed the beaches at Normandy on June 6, 1944. While Schwid does recall the historic day, apparently not many people knew where […]

  • State

    Diesel fuel spills on fishing beach

    by Joe Vigil on May 16, 22:07

    Diesel fuel from a tug spill near Dillingham has made its way onto a beach people use for subsistence setnet fishing. The tug vessel Devon hit something underwater Wednesday and dumped around 5,000 to 5,500 gallons of diesel fuel into the Nushagak River about 10 miles east of Dillingham, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. […]

  • Crime

    Many Mini wheels stolen in Anchorage

    by Joe Vigil on May 16, 16:25

    One local car dealer has an odd warning for car owners: Watch your wheels. They are talking about your tires and rims. Brazen thieves are stealing wheels from Mini Coopers in public places such as across the street from a police substation, the Anchorage Fifth Avenue Mall parking garage, a driveway in Bootlegger Cove and the Alaska […]

  • News

    Anchorage crews prepare for wildfires

    by Joe Vigil on May 16, 5:43

    Anchorage firefighters worked hard to clear brush and set up their hoses Thursday near Campbell Creek. But there was no sign of a wildfire. Crews are preparing for the real thing as part of annual wildfire refresher training. Anchorage Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Garbe said the fire season is about three weeks early this […]

  • Honor Flight 2014

    Alaska Honor Flight veterans return home

    by Joe Vigil on May 10, 21:18

    I just spent four days with some of the bravest men and women in history. They ended up in oceans after their ships were torpedoed and planes shot down by the enemy. One World War II veteran received a Purple Heart after suffering severe frostbite to his feet during the Battle of the Bulge. The […]

  • Honor Flight 2014

    Alaska vet searches for Korean War buddy

    by Joe Vigil on May 09, 22:13

    Their plane was shot down during the Korean War, and Alaska vet Robert Kittleson hoped an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. would answer a question he’d been asking for years: Did his friend Jack Allen survive? We traveled to the Korean War Memorial with Kittleson looking for the answer. About Robert Kittleson: Kittleson didn’t quit […]

  • Honor Flight 2014

    With heartfelt letters in hand, Honor Flight vets head back home

    by Joe Vigil on May 09, 21:20

    Alaska Honor Flight veterans headed home Friday after a week filled with smiles and some tears from visiting war memorials dedicated just to them. The plane ride back wasn’t the end of the adventure though. At around 35,000 feet in the air, the veterans heard a familiar phrase: mail call. It was a very special […]

  • Honor Flight 2014

    Memorials bring emotional memories to Alaska Honor Flight veterans

    by Joe Vigil on May 09, 8:07

    More than 70 years after World War II, Wasilla veteran Eldon Gallear continues to wonder why people are so thankful. “People have been great,” he said, visiting war memorials in Washington, D.C. with the other Alaska veterans of the 2014 Honor Flight. “Man, I never expected anything like that from the people.” Gallear and other […]

  • Honor Flight 2014

    Pride surrounds Alaska vets

    by Joe Vigil on May 08, 21:07

    More than 4,000 miles, two days of travel and 70 years in the making. Alaska’s World War II veterans finally got to see what many say the country should have built for them a half-century ago — a memorial honoring their services and sacrifices. People at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., proved […]

  • Honor Flight 2014

    Washington D.C. gives warm welcome to Alaska veterans

    by Joe Vigil on May 08, 6:28

    After spending days traveling to Washington D.C., a group of Alaska veterans with the 2014 Honor Flight is finally ready to begin touring war memorials in the nation’s capital. David Leavitt Sr., an 85-year-old World War II veteran from Barrow, said he can’t wait to see his memorial. He had no idea what he was […]

  • Honor Flight 2014

    Fairbanks woman tells tales of flying days

    by Joe Vigil on May 07, 20:57

    As we flew from Portland to Washington, D.C., the vets told us a lot of war stories. One very interesting tale came from a World War II vet who knows a little something about flying. Ninety-three-year-old Nancy Baker of Fairbanks was carrying something on the trip that got a lot of attention: A card that […]

  • Honor Flight 2014

    Honor Flight veterans make long journey to DC

    by Joe Vigil on May 07, 7:58

    Still 2,800 miles from the World War II memorial in Washington D.C., the 46 veterans of Alaska’s Honor Flight were greeted by cheering rows of Portland police officers Tuesday. The veterans’ long trip to the East Coast has been punctuated by praise and thanks from law enforcement, fellow travelers and airline employees alike. At Ted […]