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Shannon Ballard

By Shannon Ballard 1:01 AM January 20, 2014

Reporter

This Utah girl hasn’t always had a love for writing. Before I discovered journalism, my passion was in the sky. I attended Utah State University, originally for climatology, but eventually made the switch over to broadcast journalism. Best decision I’ve ever made!

After graduating, I headed to New York City and dabbled in financial news, but I missed the mountains too much. I moved back west to Grand Junction, Colorado, where I landed my first reporting job at KJCT News 8. During my time there, I interviewed presidential candidates, covered pot legalization, oil and gas development and a lot of wildfires. For six months I followed a crew of military veterans as they trained to become wildland firefighters. I learned a lot and made some of my best friends while in Western Colorado.

But how did I end up in Alaska? 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.

I’m happiest when I’m exploring and getting to know new places. When I’m not tracking down a story, I plan to spend as much time as possible outside. I want to climb mountains, fish and travel. Alaska is sure to be an adventure. Thanks for following me on my journey and please let me know if you have any story ideas!

Latest Stories

  • News

    Section of Dalton Highway closed due to Sag River overflow

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 01, 14:50

    Crews along a 15-mile stretch of the Dalton Highway have been working to clear overflow from the Sag River, which is reportedly up to three feet deep in some locations. On their website Wednesday, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced the closure of the Dalton Highway between Mile 393 and Deadhorse while crews […]

  • News

    AST: Body found believed to be missing Platinum man

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 01, 13:35

    A body found this week in Southwest Alaska is believed to be that of a 74-year-old Platinum man who went missing in late-February, authorities say. Monday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers in Bethel were notified that a four-wheeler matching the description of the ATV Henry Williams was riding was spotted near Platinum, according to an online […]

  • Crime

    Police ask for help locating woman wanted on felony warrant

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 01, 12:10

    Anchorage police are asking the public for help locating a woman wanted on a felony warrant who is also a person of interest in recent theft cases. Chelsea Weeks, 25, has an arrest warrant for violating probation after she was convicted of fraudulent use of an access device, meaning she likely stole someone’s credit card, […]

  • Politics

    Proposal would reject pay increases for public employees

    by Associated Press on Apr 01, 12:06

    The Senate Finance Committee has included in its version of the state budget language rejecting monetary terms included in contracts for more than a dozen units for the upcoming fiscal year. The committee also adopted language removing salary increases for employees not covered by unions. Committee co-chair Pete Kelly said that action would require separate […]

  • News

    Officer’s widow seeks judgment from Hoonah for poor training

    by Associated Press on Apr 01, 11:05

    A jury will decide a wrongful death lawsuit in the case of a Hoonah police officer gunned down in 2010. The Juneau Empire reports (http://is.gd/TTNtem) the widow of Officer Matthew Tokuoka is seeking damages from the city of Hoonah, claiming officers were inadequately trained to deal with citizens who are mentally ill. Hoonah resident John […]

  • Anchorage Centennial

    Aaron Leggett talks about his role in Anchorage centennial documentary

    by Daybreak Staff on Apr 01, 10:45

    Hundreds of years ago, before anyone dreamed of a railroad or city, the Dena’ina subsisted off this land. A history touched on by Alaska Native Aaron Leggett, who joined Daybreak Wednesday to talk about his ancestors and his role in the documentary, “Anchorage Is…” “So, my people, the Dena’ina, are the indigenous inhabitants of Southcentral […]

  • Lifestyle

    Scientists say polar bears won’t thrive on land food

    by Associated Press on Apr 01, 10:22

    A paper published Wednesday says polar bears forced onto land because of melting ice are unlikely to find enough food to replace their diet of seals. U.S. Geological Survey research biologist Karyn Rode says only small numbers of polar bears are using food found on land and may burn more calories foraging than they take […]

  • News

    APD: Driver strikes 4 parked cars, building after losing control of vehicle

    by Hope Miller on Apr 01, 10:11

    A driver struck four parked vehicles and caused “extensive damage” to a building in Eagle River Tuesday night after losing control of his vehicle, police say, but no one was harmed. Around 8:45 p.m., Anchorage Police Department dispatch received a call that a Chevrolet Suburban, which was towing three all-terrain vehicles on a trailer, had […]