The Alaska Broadcasters Association has named KTVA reporter Daniella Rivera the 2018 Broadcaster of the Year.

Rivera, originally from Texas, is a dedicated journalist who joined the KTVA team in 2015. During her three years in Alaska, the impact of her reporting has been substantial and far reaching.

"Catch and Release," Rivera's in-depth look at the flaws associated with the criminal reform bill Senate Bill 91, was cited by lawmakers including Gov. Bill Walker, who later worked to amend aspects of the bill. Rivera's reporting on crime and its impact on Alaskans recently earned her a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

In addition, the ABA also announced two new inductees into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame including late Alaska Native broadcaster John Active, who worked for many years at KYUK in Bethel. Longtime Nome broadcaster Ric Schmidt will also be inducted.

The presentation of the awards will be made during the annual Goldie Awards Banquet in Anchorage on Nov. 9 at the Sheraton Hotel.

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