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Emily Carlson

By Emily Carlson 1:12 AM January 20, 2014

Evening Anchor and Reporter

Growing up in Minneapolis in a family with a rich history of reporting the news, I caught the journalism bug at the tender age of 5. There’s a picture of me holding a spoon, pretending to report the “breaking news” that Santa was about to arrive from the Christmas tree. My grandfather owned a small-town paper in rural Minnesota, my mom was an editor for a real estate magazine and my uncle is also a television reporter and anchor.

I love the news because I love telling people’s stories. It’s my job to find the information that you want, need and require to live better lives and I take that responsibility very seriously. I strive to find the stories, injustices and people that would not otherwise be heard it if weren’t for the news platform. I love meeting people – every person I interview touches and shapes my life in a different way. If you see me around town, say hi! I’m friendly and I would love to meet you.

One of my proudest moments in my career was when I told the story of the Rozga family. Their son committed suicide after he smoked the synthetic drug K2. I helped them tell their story, and contacted state legislators who eventually passed a law in Iowa banning the substance. The Rozgas even testified before the U.S. Senate, which pulled the drug from shelves all across the country. Telling stories that inspire change is my passion. In Des Moines, I worked with several families who lost loves ones to tell the tragedies of drinking and driving. With the help of MADD, the stories shone a light on the number of offenders who were not only drinking and driving, but getting arrested only to go out and drink and drive again. In 2010, the state imposed stricter rules for repeat offenders, including ignition interlock devices, a machine that prevents drivers from operating their car under the influence.

My husband and I first visited Alaska four days before we were married. After a glimpse of the mountains, a taste of the fresh air, and some delicious salmon, we were hooked. Our 5-year-old Weimaraner, Hank, loves our weekend hikes (even if he is deathly afraid of moose). My childhood was spent in chilly ice rinks where I trained to be a figure skater. For 13 years, I spent four hours a day dedicated to the dream of landing a triple salchow. While I never defeated Michelle Kwan, I did receive one of the most significant accomplishments in figure skating: passing a series of eight tests to win a gold medal, equivalent to earning a Ph.D. in academics. These days I love practicing hot yoga, reading, running, cooking with my husband and hiking. We are determined to climb as many mountains as we can in Alaska. On Sundays during football season, you can find me yelling at my Minnesota Vikings, most of the time in frustration!

I’m thrilled to be part of the new KTVA news team. Almost everything about us may be new, but we are doing things right. Look for solid news coverage from a crew that is excited to be here and tell you interesting, informative and well-thought-out stories. I haven’t been this excited about a job since, well, ever.

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