It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 7 years since I last spoke to you on television. And I won’t blame you if you think you’re suddenly tuned to the wrong channel.


Well, don’t touch that dial. It’s not you, it’s me.


For 23 years I had the privilege of delivering news and information to you on a nightly basis on KTUU. When I left in 2008, I thought my television years were behind me.


After all, as you were entering the age of high definition television, I was entering the age where my appearance was perhaps more suited to radio.


So why, you might ask, am I back on television? And why am I on KTVA 11 News?


The moment I stopped delivering the news, I became a consumer of the news. And probably a pretty demanding one at that. And in time, my demand for enterprise journalism was simply not being met.


So a few years ago, when I was given the opportunity to help rebuild KTVA 11 News, I jumped at the chance.


The media landscape has changed dramatically in just the past seven years. Our daily newspaper is under new ownership, and my old station is being sold for the second time in as many years.


In Denali Media, Anchorage found a local owner willing to commit its resources toward the goal of creating a new statewide news organization, delivering news to Alaskans however they want to consume it; on-line or on-air.


Make no mistake, there have been some growing pains in the first 18 months. The dangerous thing about live television is that your errors get the same amount of exposure as the things you get right, and probably more so.


But the competition provided by KTVA has raised the bar of television journalism, not just here, but across town where I used to work. And as viewers, we’re all better for it.


One thing I appreciate about the new KTVA is their willingness to take risks…. which explains why I’m back on the air. As long as they’ll let me, I’ll be coming to you once a week to challenge you to take a closer look at the issues facing us as Alaskans. I promise not to tell you what to think, but I will challenge you to think.


And who knows, this may turn out to be a high-profile error on their part. If so, I guess we’ll find out together.


Until then, it’s good to be back.


Reality Check w/ John Tracy airs Thursday at 6 p.m. & 10 p.m. on KTVA 11 News.