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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!

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