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Shannon Ballard

I’ve always daydreamed about living here, so I jumped at the chance to be part of the new KTVA. Change is exciting and I feel so lucky to get to learn all about this community. Alaska is sure to be an adventure.

Stories by Shannon Ballard

  • Lifestyle

    Anchorage store goes above and beyond to support deaf employees

    by Shannon Ballard on May 27, 20:30

    Inside the South Anchorage Petco there are plenty of sounds to grab your attention, but 22-year-old Joseph Martin works in silence. “I can’t hear and it’s hard they don’t understand. I can’t talk,” Joseph Martin said using sign language. When KTVA spoke to Joseph Martin on Friday, his mom Jane did her best to interpret. […]

  • News

    Anchorage doctor accused of overprescribing painkillers fights to keep license

    by Shannon Ballard on May 26, 19:45

    The Alaska State Medical Board has accused an Anchorage doctor of writing dangerous and potentially lethal prescriptions for his patients. The state suspended Dr. Mahmood Ahmad’s license earlier this month. On Thursday, he began his fight to appeal the decision and ultimately keep practicing in Alaska. Ahmad sat quietly as the first witness testified via […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Bean’s Café chef hoping to win Food Network challenge

    by Shannon Ballard on May 25, 19:08

    Shawn Dinkins is a chef at Bean’s Café who helps serve around 800 hot meals daily and is almost always hustling to make sure lunch is ready on time for those who might not otherwise have it. “I know I could have worked at any other restaurant and I love restaurants, but this is where my […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage doctor accused of overprescribing painkillers to patients

    by Shannon Ballard on May 24, 22:45

    An Anchorage doctor has been accused by the Alaska State Medical Board of overprescribing painkillers to his patients. “Dr. Mahmood Ahmad, M.D., poses a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety if he continues to practice medicine,” the board said when they suspended Ahmad’s medical license earlier this month. The investigation into Ahmad […]

  • News

    Anchorage, Sitka Cooperative Extension Service offices to close

    by Shannon Ballard on May 24, 18:34

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks plans to shut down two of its Cooperative Extension Service Offices. UAF officials say the Sitka and Anchorage offices will close by the end of October. The cooperative extensions around the Alaska rely heavily on state funding and the program is about to be hit with a $1 million cut. The […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla boy wins 3-wheeled bike, new sense of independence

    by Shannon Ballard on May 23, 22:55

    Riding a bike is a treasured childhood experience, but sadly, many children with special needs miss out. An 8-year-old Wasilla boy was one of them until recently. Eric Edwards was born with cocaine in his system and later diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders that affect his ability to stand, sit and speak. He went […]

  • News

    Juneau man mauled by brown bear praises God, family for surviving

    by Shannon Ballard on May 20, 19:29

    A Juneau man is sharing his story after being attacked by a brown bear. It happened during a family camping trip about one-hour-and-thirty-minutes from Yakutat May 13. Kenny Steck and his wife, Hannah, were camping with family on a gravel bar next to Calahonda Creek in Southeast Alaska. The couple said it was a beautiful day. […]

  • News

    Mat-Su Borough School District selects new superintendent

    by Shannon Ballard on May 19, 21:29

    The Mat-Su Borough School District (MSBSD) has chosen a new superintendent to replace Dr. Deena Paramo after she transitions to her new job with the Anchorage School District. Gene Stone has a long history in Alaska. He started his education career in Hooper Bay and then Barrow before becoming principal at Palmer Junior Middle School. […]

  • Crime

    Palmer couple accused of operating drug house

    by Shannon Ballard on May 19, 19:31

    The US Attorney’s Office has indicted a Palmer couple that they say operated a drug house where they let teens use methamphetamine and heroin. Troopers and the Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, investigated 40-year-old Tod Rodolph and 35-year-old Jessica Hopkins ever since a deadly house party in January. It was held at the couple’s home on […]

  • Alaska News

    Fish and Game to stock Southcentral Alaska waters with 5 million fish

    by Shannon Ballard on May 17, 20:23

    Your odds of landing a fish in Alaska are getting a lot better. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is about halfway through its stocking season. Staff at the William Jack Hernandez hatchery will release about 5 million trout, salmon and char this summer. But because of state budget cuts, this year there will be […]

  • Education

    Begich middle school student rewarded for 8 years of perfect attendance

    by Shannon Ballard on May 16, 21:15

    During a lunchtime presentation at Begich Middle School Monday, an eighth grader was recognized for a unique achievement. Pang Thao hasn’t missed a single day of school since first grade, when her family first moved to Anchorage. Her teachers said that was worth something — Pang was rewarded with an iPod touch in front of all […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Leis: A graduation tradition spreads across cultures

    by Shannon Ballard on May 11, 7:30

    Graduation is one of life’s great milestones. This week, Anchorage high school students are celebrating that milestone with their classmates, and there’s one tradition that’s really blossoming — leis. After countless years at her craft, Margrette Lalaga’s fingers have found a rhythm as she gracefully entwines white orchids into a garland of tealeaves. Lalaga grew up in […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Yeti Dogs named 2016 Hot Dog Vendor of the Year

    by Shannon Ballard on May 10, 20:17

    Which hot dog cart in Anchorage is the best? That depends on who you ask, but some say Yeti Dogs is so good, it deserves national attention. Yeti Dogs was recently named 2016 Hot Dog Vendor of the Year by Mobile Cuisine Magazine. Yeti Dogs owner Erica Stimaker said she was shocked just to be […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hundreds of road projects planned for Anchorage this summer

    by Shannon Ballard on May 10, 20:00

    The traffic headache thousands experience every summer is going to get worse before it gets better. This summer alone, there are more than 200 construction projects planned for Anchorage by a handful agencies. “It’s really important to emphasize that despite what folks in Juneau might think, this city is growing and building and it’s going to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    At $10k an hour, crews begin placing test piles for Port of Anchorage upgrade

    by Shannon Ballard on May 06, 16:34

      The biggest barge crane on the west coast is currently in Anchorage. It’s carrying ten steel piles, each 200 feet long, four feet in diameter and weighing more than 50 tons. They’re slowly being hammered into Cook Inlet as part of the Port of Anchorage’s modernization project, which will replace deteriorating infrastructure. “The question […]

  • News

    Bienvenidos! Spanish newspaper launches in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on May 05, 22:28

    Thursday was Cinco De Mayo. For some people that means margaritas and Mexican food, but a group of Latinos who call Alaska home celebrated with the launch of a new bilingual newspaper. It’s called Sol De Media Noche, which means Midnight Sun. The paper advocates for a community that its writers say is often overlooked. “We’re […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Meet Odie, APD’s new tech-sniffing police dog

    by Shannon Ballard on May 04, 19:17

    The Anchorage Police Department has a new investigative tool they think will make a big difference in finding evidence to convict people on charges like child pornography. That tool is Odin, a 2-year-old yellow lab who’s combating cyber crime with his nose. He is one of only 10 dogs in the world specially trained to sniff […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Borough School District to fill superintendent vacancy

    by Shannon Ballard on May 03, 21:22

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is losing its superintendent, Dr. Deena Paramo, to the Anchorage School District. So where does that leave the MSBSD, the fastest growing school district in the state? Paramo led Valley schools for nearly five years. The Mat-Su school board described her as an “energizer bunny” and school board members acknowledged they have […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage’s first food truck hub opens for summer

    by Shannon Ballard on May 02, 19:59

    Can’t decide where to eat for lunch? There are now several more options in downtown Anchorage. The city’s first food truck hub opened on Monday at the corner of Eighth Avenue and K Street. Known as “K Street Eats,” many vendors are hoping it will be boost to their business. Sugar House Waffles has been in […]

  • News

    Double-checked: Girdwood to get police from Whittier

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 22, 5:30

    Girdwood voters requested a recount after Proposition 9 passed in their community by just two votes. After hours of recounting ballots Thursday, election workers with the Municipality of Anchorage found a single additional yes vote. Proposition 9 allows residents to raise taxes in order to pay for police protection after Alaska State Troopers abandon their Girdwood […]