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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

  • Crime

    DA: Anchorage man may have sex trafficked dozens

    by Shannon Ballard on May 26, 17:27

    An Anchorage man charged with multiple sex trafficking crimes appeared before a judge on Friday. So far, three women have spoken out against 31-year-old Deon Daniels. He now faces six felony charges for the alleged sex trafficking crimes. Daniels sat quietly during his first court appearance and entered a not guilty plea on all charges– five […]

  • Alaska News

    Mothers of four young men killed by gun violence make plea in viral video

    by Shannon Ballard on May 25, 19:50

    The faces of four Alaska mothers are spreading rapidly across social media. The women all have different stories to share, but they’ve come together because of what they have in common: each has recently lost a son to gun violence. Aleaka Tate says a video posted to her Facebook page was created to encourage a […]

  • Education

    Bittersweet last day as ASD hands out 220 pink slips

    by Shannon Ballard on May 24, 17:31

    It was a bittersweet last day of school for the Anchorage School District; Wednesday morning, 220 educators received pink slips. The principal at Bayshore Elementary hand delivered four layoff notices to two first-year teachers and two second-year teachers, including Jennifer Derks. Derks broke the news to her fourth-grade class in tears. They spent the afternoon […]

  • Marijuana News

    Legal weed: Alaska’s newest tourist attraction

    by Shannon Ballard on May 23, 19:19

    Alaska’s newest tourist attraction is a sight many visitors don’t see back home. We’re talking about legal marijuana. There has never been a tourism season in Alaska quite like this one. This is the first summer that pot shops are up and running around the state. The summer tourist season is bringing a boom in business […]

  • Education

    ASD to hand out 220 pink slips on Wednesday

    by Shannon Ballard on May 22, 16:35

    It’s the final countdown for Anchorage students, as there are just two days left until summer break. But, this year, it’s not just graduates who won’t be returning to their old classrooms this fall. More than 200 pink slips are all set to go out on Wednesday. This comes after five were already given to five […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska becomes latest REAL ID compliant state

    by Shannon Ballard on May 19, 19:39

    The REAL ID Act is giving people real anxiety, but most people in Alaska don’t need to worry just yet. Gov. Walker signed House Bill 16 on Friday, allowing the state to begin the process of issuing REAL ID compliant forms of identification. “Alaskans no longer have to wonder if their travel plans or ability to work […]

  • Alaska News

    Season’s first Copper River salmon arrives in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on May 18, 22:27

    The Copper River is officially open to commercial fishing, and with it the start of Alaska’s summer salmon season. Usually, it’s Alaska Airlines that boasts about flying the season’s first salmon to Anchorage before sending it down to Seattle. But this year the folks at ACE Air Cargo said they wanted to make sure Alaskans […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    State handing out free drug disposal bags to combat Alaska’s opioid epidemic

    by Shannon Ballard on May 17, 20:49

    This may sound familiar, in fact, you’ve likely been there yourself. Your doctor prescribes you opioid pain medication, but once the pain is gone there are still pills left over. The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) wants to keep your unused prescriptions from falling into the wrong hands while helping to fight the […]

  • News

    Wildfire danger on the rise in Southcentral

    by Shannon Ballard on May 16, 17:35

    Governor Bill Walker has proclaimed May 14 through 20 Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness week in Alaska. It’s perfect timing, according to folks with the Division of Forestry, who say the chance of you starting a wildfire in Southcentral right now is on the rise. “Today and tomorrow they are predicting the higher winds, and those […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New memorial unveiled for slain Palmer teen David Grunwald

    by Shannon Ballard on May 15, 21:12

    It’s been six months since David Grunwald was allegedly beaten, kidnapped and shot to death. Now the 16-year-old’s life is being remembered with a new memorial at Academy Charter School in Palmer, where he attended 7th and 8th grade. “David was an awesome, amazing person and it’s a real loss,” David Grunwald’s mother, Edie Grunwald, […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Musk Ox Farm gearing up for Mother’s Day celebration

    by Shannon Ballard on May 11, 17:09

    Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and while there are many ways to celebrate, one palmer Farm says why not add a little fluff. While some of us are hungry for summer, the main attraction at the Musk Ox Farm could do without the heat. They’re just hungry for lunch. This is a special time of […]

  • Crime

    As closing arguments wrap up, jury to begin deliberations in Sockeye trial

    by Shannon Ballard on May 10, 18:23

    Closing arguments wrapped up on Wednesday in the trial of Greg Imig and Amy Dewitt, the Anchorage couple accused of starting the 2015 Sockeye fire. So far, in the nearly three week trial, the jury has heard from more than a dozen witnesses and seen hundreds of pieces of evidence. As they prepare to begin […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Sockeye Fire defendant takes the stand

    by Shannon Ballard on May 08, 18:10

    On Monday, the jury in the Sockeye Fire trial heard from one of the defendants herself. Amy DeWitt and her husband Greg Imig face a dozen charges each related to staring the 2015 blaze. When we took the stand, DeWitt not only had a message for the jury but also people in the audience who lost homes […]

  • Crime

    DeeDee Jonrowe testifies in Sockeye trial; state rests

    by Shannon Ballard on May 03, 18:20

    Iditarod icon DeeDee Jonrowe took the stand Wednesday in the Sockeye fire trial. Hers was among the 55 homes lost in the more than 7000-acre blaze. “My house was reduced to three inches of ash and an eight-foot hole,” Jonrowe told the jury. Jonrowe was one of five sockeye fire victims called to the stand on […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ‘It was like driving through Hell.’ Sockeye jury hears testimony

    by Shannon Ballard on May 02, 18:10

    State prosecutors are working to make their case against Greg Imig and Amy DeWitt, the couple accused of starting the 2015 Sockeye Fire. The prosecution wants the 10-person jury to hear from people they call victims of reckless endangerment and began calling people who lost their property or homes to testify. Imig and DeWitt sat […]

  • Alaska News

    State’s star witness in Sockeye Fire trial returns to the stand

    by Shannon Ballard on May 01, 19:20

    In most TV court dramas expert witnesses are on the stand for a matter of minutes, but that has not been the case in one Palmer Courtroom. The state’s star witness in the Sockeye Fire trial, wildfire investigator Ethan Eley, has now spent more than 12 hours on the stand. The questions continued first thing Monday […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Backyard beekeeping all the buzz in Southcentral

    by Shannon Ballard on May 01, 10:32

    As people work toward self-sustainability, backyard livestock, like chicken coops, and backyard honey bees are becoming more popular. That’s the buzz at Windy Willow Farm in Palmer. Dena Tanguay started keeping bees 6 years ago when she first heard local honey could help with her allergies. “I’m allergic to just about everything,” Tanguay said. Now, she […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Defense cross-examines state fire investigator on day 6 of Sockeye Fire trial

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 28, 19:17

    Day six of the Sockeye Fire trial was all about the defense. Attorneys argued that the state’s claim against the Anchorage couple accused of starting the blaze is “inconsistent with common sense and the facts of the case.” After about six hours on the stand Thursday, state fire investigator Ethan Eley returned to the hot seat for […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    State fire investigator takes stand on day 5 of Sockeye Fire trial

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 27, 19:15

    Memories of the 2015 Sockeye Fire were reignited Thursday, five days into the state’s case against the Anchorage couple accused of starting the destructive blaze — Greg Imig and Amy DeWitt. In recorded interviews, Imig repeatedly told fire investigators there was no way the more than 7,000 acre wildfire could have started on his property, but state […]

  • Crime

    Sockeye fire trial begins in Palmer

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 20, 13:10

    The trial for the couple accused of starting the Sockeye fire began Thursday morning inside of a Palmer courtroom. Greg Imig and Amy Dewitt sat quietly during opening statements and as the prosecution’s first witness took the stand. Dewitt and Imig face 12 charges each for burning without a permit, property damage crimes and reckless […]