I’m a homegrown Alaskan who happens to really dislike the cold. People who meet me usually don’t believe I’m from the Last Frontier.
I originally got into television journalism thinking only about the word “television.” I’ve always been a pretty shy person, but the minute I had a microphone in my hand and the camera was filming, my personality seemed to come out. I started off wanting to go into sports journalism, and to this day it’s something that sparks my interest. However, after learning more and more about weather, I completely fell in love with it and I’ve never looked back.
Since I started covering the weather in Alaska, I’ve always found it fascinating how quickly the weather changes from day to day. After seeing all types of weather here in Alaska, one day I hope to be a part of a storm chasing team, or a hurricane tracker. Severe weather sparks my interest, but getting the information to people before a storm strikes is just as important.
I’ve worked in television news for the last six years in Anchorage. I started as a fill-in, then after a two-year period, I became the chief weather forecaster at another station. I came to KTVA in 2011 and it’s been a time when I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned how much I adore Alaska and this community. This is my home, and getting the opportunity to work with some of people at this station has been a time I will never forget. I’ve covered stories from severe weather in the Northwest to flooding in Crooked Creek, but some of the best stories – the ones I’ve enjoyed doing the most – are with our future leaders: the kids! I’ve had many school-aged children in the station for tours and live on our shows, and most of them were just like me when I was their age – with dreams of one day bringing the weather to the state of Alaska. I wouldn’t trade that time and sharing that skill with them for anything in the world.
When I’m not working I’m usually doing one of the four f’s: Practicing my faith, with my family, eating Asian (or spicy) food or just having some old fashioned fun. I’m a big kid at heart; I always have to be doing something. I also like being at home a lot, and even though I’m an Alaskan, that doesn’t mean I like being outdoors. I do love to run though, and you can probably catch me running on a trail once in a while (well, only in the summer).
What excites me about the 49th state is the people. I’ve traveled a lot of places, and never have I met such humble, hard-working, just flat-out compassionate, real folks.
Lastly, what excites me about the vision for the new KTVA is the fact that I’m starving to get better at what I love. I’m ready to learn, and keep learning and just put all I have into telling better stories.
I am very excited to be a part of this change, because change is always good and refreshing. I believe that not only do we have a new start, but a new belief that we can ultimately become the number one station in Alaska.
The members of KTVA have become my second family. There’s no “I” in team, and I look forward to growing with everyone.