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Heather Hintze

By Heather Hintze 1:04 AM January 20, 2014


I’m a Montana girl, born and raised. I was born in Sidney, Montana but when I was 6 my family moved to Whitefish. It’s a ski town, but I don’t ski or snowboard; I am fond of ice skating and sledding. Curling up with a cup of chai tea and reading a good book is also a great way to spend a cold day.

My venture into TV news started when I was on a local game show in high school called Brain Busters. I had so much fun taping the show and even more fun watching it when it aired a few weeks later. When I got to college I changed my major from Spanish to broadcast journalism. It was a natural fit and I’m so fortunate to have lucked into a profession I love. Now I actually enjoy being behind the scenes as a photographer just as much as being on TV every day as a reporter.

In college I was honored to win a Student Emmy with my classmates for our Made in Montana series. I’ve received several other awards from the Broadcast Education Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Oregon Associated Press and the Montana Broadcaster’s Association. Most recently I won the Alaska Press Club’s Best Solo Video Journalist, Best Light Feature and Best Same-day Feature. My spot news reporting also earned second and third place awards as well.

I’m the oldest of two girls. My sister Deanna is two-and-a-half years younger than I am. She got married four years ago to her wonderful husband Rob. My mom, Lynette, is the features editor for the Daily Interlake in Kalispell, Montana. I guess journalism just runs in my blood. My dad, Tim, works at a meat production plant in Kalispell.

My TV career has taken me from producing the 10 p.m. news for KPAX in Missoula, Montana to being the live morning reporter for KEZI in Eugene, Oregon. That’s also where I interviewed Barack Obama twice during the primary elections. Mark that off the career bucket list.

Alaska was never really a place I considered working. Then, a job opening came up and I thought, “Why not?” I’m always up for an adventure and so far the Last Frontier has yet to disappoint. I’ve played with baby walruses at the SeaLife Center in Seward and flown with an aerobatics pilot in Valdez. Heliskiing guides flew me back into the Chugach Range and dropped me off on a peak to shoot video of backcountry snowboarders. I’ve hopped aboard the last flag stop train in America in Talkeetna and taken a snow machine 40 miles up the Yenta River to cover the Iditarod. I’ve had so many great adventures in just two years: I can’t wait to see where the next couple take me.

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