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James Gaddis

By James Gaddis 1:03 AM January 20, 2014

DayBreak Anchor/Reporter

“If you love it so much, why don’t you move there?” I honestly don’t remember who said it, but for years the question never left the back of my mind. So, in September of 2013, I embarked on a road trip across the continent to fulfill a dream of living in Alaska and a career goal of becoming a morning news anchor.

My previous gig was at top-rated and award-winning NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse, New York. “Orange Nation” counted on me to anchor top-notch newscasts on the weekend. During the week, I prided myself on telling compelling and memorable stories out in the field. After work, I was the last line of defense on the soccer pitch. A long-time goalkeeper, I made sure to bring my gloves to Anchorage.

An avid photographer, I first fell in love with Alaska through the lens of my DSLR while on vacation with viewers of WBNG in Binghamton, New York. A central figure of the Action News team from 2004-2010, I was entrusted to cover historic flooding and anchor live, continuous coverage of the mass shooting in 2009 at the American Civic Association immigration center in Binghamton.

A graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, I trekked out to KREX in Grand Junction, Colorado for my first reporting gig in 2003.

I am the oldest of four kids and grew up by the beautiful beaches of Long Island. Although early aspirations of being an astronaut (ask me about space camp in 6th grade) or archaeologist didn’t pan out, I eventually grew to love creative writing and was typically the first student in class ready and willing to read my work out loud. Little did I know I would one day make a career of it.

In the back seat during my coast-to-coast road trip to Anchorage was my beagle Obi, named after Obi Wan Kenobi of Star Wars fame. I will never hesitate to admit I’ve got a serious dorky side, helping to balance my appreciation of nature, art and love of sports; especially the Yankees, Jets, Islanders and Knicks.

Now focused on all things Alaska, I have a sincere desire to inform, educate, entertain and inspire viewers here, using all the tools the new KTVA has to offer.

 

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