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Megan Mazurek

Stories by Megan Mazurek

  • National

    Alaskan athletes bringing home 9 medals from Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Aug 02, 18:27

    Alaska’s four Special Olympics World Games athletes are bringing home nine medals, collectively. Christine Quick earned the last of the nine in Saturday’s 4 x 50 relay. She and her team finished in first place. The World Games’ closing ceremonies will be held Sunday. The past week has been a time of reflection for the […]

  • Sports

    Palmer golfer takes bronze at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Aug 01, 12:05

    A golfer from Palmer is a bronze medal winner at the Special Olympics World Games. Garrett Stortz, 24, played in four 18-rounds of golf at Griffith Park. Stortz is a level 5 golfer and improved his personal best every day of play throughout the competition. It was something his coach, Scott Johnson, always knew was […]

  • National

    Alaskans help Special Olympics athletes hear at World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 31, 13:05

    An Alaskan doctor and her daughter are helping some Special Olympics athletes hear for the first time. Joyce Sexton, an audiologist from Anchorage, and her daughter Irene are volunteering at the World Games in the Healthy Athletes program. In the past week, volunteers have given free medical exams to more than 4,000 athletes from around […]

  • National

    Anchorage dentist provides free exams at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 31, 11:08

    An Anchorage dentist has peered into more than 300 mouths a day for the past week at the Special Olympics World Games. “I saw some patients yesterday where I almost wanted to start to cry because they were still smiling,” said Dr. Lara Mabry, a volunteer dentist for Healthy Athletes. “When I saw the condition […]

  • National

    Alaskan Special Olympics athlete earns her first gold medal

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 30, 17:27

    A Special Olympics athlete from Alaska won her first gold medal at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles. Christine Quick led the 50 backstroke heat for most of the race and finished in 54 seconds. “It was fun,” Quick said. “I’m happy I won.” Special Olympics Athlete President Jim Balamacci cheered her on and […]

  • National

    Alaska athlete takes on 18-hole course at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 28, 21:43

    A Palmer golfer played his personal best in a round of golf Tuesday at the Special Olympics World Games. Garrett Stortz, 24, played 8 over par on the Harding Course at Griffith Park. After the first two [holes] I started hitting it and settling down,” Stortz said. “I was making some puts and hitting the […]

  • National

    Alaskan athlete takes home bronze medal at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 27, 20:30

    On day 2 of the Special Olympics World Games, another Alaskan athlete took home a bronze medal. Brittany Tregarthen, 27, a power lifter from Kodiak, took third place overall in her weight class division. She participated in the squat, bench press and deadlift. Her family traveled from all over the country to see Tregarthen compete. […]

  • Local

    Juneau swimmer awarded bronze medal at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 27, 8:03

    A swimmer from Juneau is awarded his first medal of the Special Olympics World Games. CJ Umbs finished his 100 backstroke final in 2 minutes and 40 seconds. It’s the first medal won by the four Alaskan athletes competing in the games over the next week in Los Angeles. “We’re proud of him, he did […]

  • Local

    ‘Quick’ swim by Alaskan athlete solidifies position in finals of World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 27, 7:24

    Christine Quick solidified herself in the finals for the 100-meter freestyle swim at the Special Olympic World Games, finishing in 1 minute, 48 seconds — a solid time for the finals. “Christine did really well; she has been working hard,” said Barbara Haven, Team USA coach. “Her time today was faster than her entry time, […]

  • US/World

    Family, supporters cheer on Juneau swimmer CJ Umbs at World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 25, 23:33

    Four Alaskan athletes are representing Team USA at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Before the opening ceremonies Saturday evening, CJ Umbs, a swimmer from Juneau, entered into the competition in a preliminary round for the 100 meter backstroke. “He’s having a lot of fun,” said Michelle Umbs, CJ’s mom. CJ’s family and […]

  • Local

    Special Olympian tests her strength at World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 25, 11:33

    Don’t let her size fool you — Brittany Tregarthen may be small, but she is strong. “I’ve always known she was strong,” said Suzanne Bobo, Brittany’s mom. Brittany weighs about 114 pounds. She can deadlift 160, squat 155 and bench press about 110 pounds. Her real strength isn’t just the iron she lifts — it’s […]

  • Local

    Special Olympics golfer ready to play in World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 23, 21:20

    Most days you can find Garrett Stortz on the green. He works at the Palmer Golf Course, and in his free time he’s practicing his puts, getting ready for an upcoming competition. “Every shot you hit whether it’s perfect not perfect, you just play the outcome,” Garrett said. The outcome for Garrett, 24, has been […]

  • Local

    Special Olympics swimmer mourns mom, ready for World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 22, 19:44

    In the past year, Christine Quick has learned to swim faster than she ever has before. “She has very long efficient strokes,” said Scott Griffith, coach at Glacier Swim Club. “She’s very smooth in the water. It’s something that comes natural to her.” Quick has also learned to open up and talk with people, qualities […]

  • Local

    Special Olympics swimmer prepares for World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 21, 20:28

    CJ Umbs has never felt like a fish out of water. He’s been in the pool since his days in diapers and loving every minute of it. “Swimming is definitely one of CJ’s passions,” said Gail Fenumiai, a family friend. “You can see the athlete in him really come out when he’s in the pool, […]

  • Mic Check in the Morning

    Mic Check in the Morning: Whiskey and Blues

    by Megan Mazurek on Mar 06, 8:55

    Fury Rondy and Iditarod aren’t the only events scheduled this weekend. Whiskey and Blues take over the Dena’ina Center Saturday, March 7. Blues musician Marquise Knox will perform while a whiskey connoisseur shares his knowledge of single-malt whiskeys during the nosing and tasting presentation. “Normally you get a nosing glass, like a little tulip, [and] […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Penny Schram-Browner

    by Megan Mazurek on Mar 02, 10:22

    There’s always something cooking in the kitchen of Penny Schram-Browner’s culinary classroom at Palmer High School. That’s part of Browner’s southern charm — her passion for teaching students that there’s much more to cooking than her classroom. “Our goal as educators is to show them that they can work in restaurants,” Browner said. “They [can] […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Reality of Reality Shows: ‘Ultimate Survival Alaska’

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 20, 10:34

    Move over Hollywood, Alaska is quickly becoming the place to be in show business. With more than 20 reality shows on or in Alaska, the reality is if you live an extreme lifestyle, there’s a good chance you can make it onto one of these shows. “Ultimate Survival Alaska” features a team made up of […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Reality of Reality Shows: ‘Deadliest Catch’

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 18, 10:29

    One of the more notorious captains on the “Deadliest Catch” is learning what it’s like to live in the spotlight. Capt. Elliott Neese, 32, is the youngest and one of the most controversial captains on Discovery’s hit reality show that’s won 13 Emmys over the past 10 seasons. “It’s brought a lot of opportunity in […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Veronica Kaganak

    by Megan Mazurek on Dec 15, 11:28

    KTVA’s Teacher of the Week, Veronica Kaganak, is a first-grade teacher at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage. She knew from an early age she wanted to teach and studied under one of the best — her grandmother Maryann Sundown. Kaganak learned how to read Yupik from Sundown, who was also known affectionately […]

  • Health

    A new hope for those with Alzheimer’s

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 15, 12:19

    Alzheimer’s disease — for which there is no known cure — affects millions of Americans. KTVA 11′s Megan Mazurek shares a new drug that could help reverse the affects of Alzheimer’s.