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KTVA Logo.png
Anchorage, Alaska
Branding KTVA 11 (general)
KTVA 11 News (newscasts)
Slogan First in Alaska
Channels Digital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Affiliations CBS
Owner Denali Media Holdings
(Denali Media Anchorage, Corp.)
First air date December 11, 1953
Call letters' meaning TeleVision Alaska
Sister station(s) KATH-LD
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 1953-2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
DuMont (1953-1955)
NBC (1965-1970)
PBS (Sesame Street, 1970-1975)
Transmitter power 28.9 kW
Height 60.6 m
Facility ID 49632
Transmitter coordinates 61°11′31.5″N 149°54′8.5″W / 61.192083°N 149.902361°W / 61.192083; -149.902361
Website www.ktva.com

KTVA, virtual channel 11, is a CBS-affiliated television station in Anchorage, Alaska. Owned by Denali Media Holdings (a subsidiary of local cable provider GCI), its studios are based at the headquarters of the Anchorage Daily News, while its transmitter is located in Spenard—covering the Anchorage bowl and much of the adjacent Matanuska-Susitna Valley.[1][2] Some of its programming is broadcast to rural communities via low-power translators through the Alaska Rural Communications Service (ARCS).


KTVA is Alaska's first broadcast television station. Legendary Alaskan broadcast pioneer August G. "Augie" Hiebert (1916-2007) applied to the FCC in May 1953, received approval for construction permits in July 1953, and KTVA signed on the air on December 11, 1953 broadcasting (initially from 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.). The studio and office were originally housed on the first floor and the transmitter on top of the pink 14-story McKinley Building.[3] with an analog signal on VHF channel 11.[4] The station aired a few NBC programs in the late 1960s, until KHAR-TV (now KYUR) took the NBC affiliation in 1970. The station was a DuMont affiliate in the early 1950s.[5] During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[6] KTVA also carried Sesame Street from 1970 until KAKM signed on in 1975.

On January 3, 1971, KTVA aired Anchorage's first ever live satellite broadcast from the U.S. mainland, the 1971 NFC Championship Game.[7] Until the 1980s, when the networks went to full satellite distribution, KTVA and other TV stations in Alaska aired network programming on a tape-delayed basis via videotaped recordings of network programs captured off-the-air in Seattle, which were then flown to Alaska.

In 2000, KTVA was acquired by the newspaper publisher MediaNews Group.[8] KTVA brought in $6.8 million of revenue in 2009, second to KTUU-TV with $10 million (40% of the market).[9]

On November 9, 2012, GCI, through subsidiary Denali Media Holdings, announced plans to purchase KTVA, as well as KATH-LD and KSCT-LP in Southeast Alaska.[10] The Federal Communications Commission approved the deal on October 29, 2013.[11] The sale was formally closed on November 1.[12]

On December 2, 2013, KTVA moved to a new high definition-capable studio on the second floor of the headquarters of the Anchorage Daily News, and unveiled a new set and logo.[13]

Digital television[edit]

The station currently has a single 1080i high definition feed.

'Digital channelsDigital channels

Programming Freq
11.1 KTVA (CBS) 557 49 52

News operation[edit]

KTVA produces 17 hours of local news programming per week. Weekday news offerings include a one-hour morning newscast called Daybreak at 6 a.m., two half-hour evening newscasts at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m and a one-hour newscast at 6 p.m. The station dropped its morning and weekend newscasts on April 18, 2012,[14] but they were reinstated in December 2013. "KTVA offers deeper-digging signature reports in its news lineup" to distinguish itself from KTUU-TV and KYUR, according to trade publication Broadcasting and Cable.[9]

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air and management staff[edit]

News Directors

  • Bert Rudman - News Director. Joined the KTVA team is June 2013 after a 20-year run working for ABC News in Georgia, New York and Los Angeles.[15]
  • Janis DeMarest - Assistant News Director [15]


  • Joe Vigil - Evening Anchor/Reporter; weeknights on KTVA CBS 11 News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.[15]
  • Emily Carlson - Evening Anchor/Reporter; weeknights on KTVA CBS 11 News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.[15]
  • Rhonda McBride - Rural Affairs Editor/Reporter. She has been a reporter in Alaska since 1988, 10 of those years spent as news director for KYUK radio station in Bethel, Alaska. She has also worked at the Alaska Public Radio Network, KTUU and a one-year stint as Governor Sarah Palin’s Rural Advisor. She has been recognized three times by the Society of Professional Journalists as a Sigma Delta Chi winner, for my coverage of rural voting patterns, fetal alcohol syndrome and climate change.[15]
  • Alexis Fernandez - Reporter/Weekend Anchor; Saturday & Sunday onKTVA CBS 11 News at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Joined the CBS 11 News team in June 2010 after working as a morning anchor and reporter for KTVF-TV, an NBC affiliate in Fairbanks, Alaska. Fernandez was born and raised in Fairbanks.[15]
  • Heather Hintze - Reporter/Photographer. A Montana native, she joined the CBS News team in November 2011 after having spent the past four years working at KEZI-TV in Eugene, Oregon.[15]
  • Lauren Maxwell - General Assignment Reporter; weeknights on KTVA CBS 11 News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m., She joined the KTVA news team 21 years ago. Prior to that she worked as a radio news reporter for Anchorage radio station KFQD. She has won numerous local and state awards during her long broadcast career, including many from the Alaska Broadcasters' Association.[15]
  • Shannon Ballard - General Assignment Reporter [15]
  • James Gaddis - Daybreak Anchor/Repororter [15]
  • Bonney Bowman - General Assignment Reporter [15]

Weather Team - "Home of Alaska's Only 7 Day Forecast"

  • Carlos Faura - Chief Meteorologist; weekdays at 5 p.m, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Joined the CBS 11 Weather Department in August 2013.[15]
  • Brett Shepard - Daybreak Meteorologist; weekdays at 6 and 7 a.m. Joined the CBS 11 Weather Department in October 2002 right after graduating from Western Illinois University with a degree in meteorology and a minor in broadcasting. He became Chief Meteorologist in May 2007.[15]
  • Janessa Webb - Weather Anchor; "KTVA CBS 11 News." Joined the CBS 11 News family in October 2011 after working at affiliate Fox News 4 and ABC 13 (Coastal Television) in Anchorage as a news, sports and weather anchor. Webb is a graduate of East High School in Anchorage and Wintson-Salem State University, North Carolina.[15]

Sports team

  • Dave Goldman - Sports Director; Weekdays at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Joined the KTVA in August 2013. Previously worked at CTV in Largo, Maryland.[15]
  • Rontina McCann - Weekend Sports Anchor; Saturday & Sunday at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.[15]

Web Department

  • Jason Sear - Online Content Manager
  • Kirsten Swann - Web Editor/Reporter
  • Hope Miller - Web Editor/Reporter

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • Christina Campbell - Meteorologist; fill-in for both weekday and weekend broadcasts. Joined KTVA in 1993.[15]
  • Nicole Dougherty - Meteorologist; weekends at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. She joined KTVA in September 2011 from the USAF at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.[15]
  • Bill McAllister - General assignment reporter. Bill has more than three decades of experience in journalism and mass communications. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the Alaska Press Club, the Alaska Broadcasters' Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Capitolbeat, the national organization of statehouse reporters.[15]
  • Corey Allen-Young - General assignment reporter. A lifelong Alaskan, he joined the CBS 11 News family in June 2008 after working at KXD CBS News 13 in Fairbanks, Alaska, as an anchor and reporter.[15]
  • Katie Paglini - Weekday mornings at 6 a.m., produces and anchors "CBS 11 News This Morning."[16] A Chicago native and Northwestern University graduate, she has lived in Alaska since April 2009 and came to KTVA from KTVF-TV, Channel 11, an NBC affiliate in Fairbanks.[17]
  • Dave Stroh - Weeknights at 5 p.m. A long-time Anchorage radio personality, he joined KTVA in 1995 and has since won numerous awards for his work.[18] Stroh is a morning DJ (Super Dave) and Program Director for KEAG-FM, "KOOL 97.3," owned by the Anchorage Media Group, in Anchorage, where he has worked for more than 17 years.[19]
  • Pat Lynn - Patrick Karl Lynn (01/18/1936 - 02/05/2011), a Quebec-born Canadian who migrated to the U.S. in 1958 and began a long career in print and TV journalism in 1962, joined KTVA in 1981 as news director and anchor. Later, he moved to Valdez, Alaska, becoming the owner of KVAK, 1230 AM, a local radio station, in 1988. In the months following the Exxon Valdez oil spill in March 1989, Lynn provided ABC News with daily reports on the cleanup efforts.[20]
  • Matthew Felling - Felling, a former anchor and lead political reporter for KTVA CBS 11 News, was hired by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski(R-Alaska) in April 2011 as Communications Director for her Washington, D.C. office. Before joining KTVA in September 2008, Felling had a decade of experience with news reporting, political analysis and commentary, and as a media critic in Washington, D.C. His career included stints as Media Director at the Center for Media and Public Affairs, writer for the CBS News "Public Eye" blog, and frequent appearances on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and other TV networks as a guest pundit. He was a frequent guest-host on "Morning Joe" on MSNBC.[21]
  • Andrea Gusty - Former weeknight news anchor and Eye Team investigative reporter for six years, she was hired in November 2011 by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) as the Anchorage-based Communications Director for Alaska. Gusty, originally from Aniak, Alaska, is a graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.[22][23]
  • Matthew Simon - KTVA Weekend Anchor/Producer/Senior Reporter from Oct 2005 to Oct 2010, now a general assignment reporter for KTUU Channel 2 News, the NBC affiliate, in Anchorage.
  • Karina Petersen - Joined the CBS 11 News team in July 2008 and left in early 2011 to serve as Media Relations Coordinator for Samaritan's Purse International Relief,[24] a nonprofit international Christian emergency/disaster relief and evangelism organization, including providing media coverage for the delivery and distribution of disaster relief supplies to tsunami victims in Sendai, Japan, in March 2011.[25] Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, she was raised in the town of Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula. A graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in broadcast journalism, she was a summer intern at WTTG-TV, Channel 5, the Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C.[26]
  • Natalie Travis- reporter - now with KYUR-TV, channel 13, Anchorage.
  • Raegan Scott, former anchor of "CBS 11 News at 10 p.m." weekdays. Scott came to KTVA from WLWT-TV, NBC 5, Cincinnati, OH, where she was a reporter with the name Raegan Butler.[27]
  • Lauren Oates Butcher - Former News Anchor/Managing Editor from September 2001 to September 2008; now Media Consultant/Co-Owner at Montage Media Group, Anchorage.
  • Annette Newelle - Anchor for the 6 and 10 pm weeknight newscasts from 1998 to 2000.
  • Kimberly Van Scoy - A Memphis native, anchored evening newscast with Steve MacDonald in the 1980s. Since 1998, morning anchor with WXII-TV, channel 12, NBC, Winston-Salem, NC. KTVA Eyewitness News open from 1988 on YouTube.
  • Jim McClure - General assignment reporter and fill-in anchor.
  • Norma Goodman (1930–2007) hosted a live interview show called Hostess House, which debuted on the station on March 1, 1954. The show's title was later changed to The Norma Goodman Show. The 30-minute program was cancelled in 2001 and replaced by a 5-minute morning news segment, which she hosted until her death. She was also a fill-in news anchor on occasion over the years.[28][29]
  • Steve McDonald joined the station in 1982. He was news director and lead anchor before joining KTUU in 1996.[30] YouTube.
  • Ron Moore first became known in Anchorage in the late 1950s as "The Royal Coachman," a teenage DJ who would broadcast his radio show from The Bun Drive-In on Northern Lights Boulevard, across from the present-day The Mall at Sears. Moore was news anchor for much of the 1970s and 1980s, later becoming general manager of the station.


In October 2010, a voice-mail accidentally left on the phone of Randy DeSoto, spokersperson for U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller, included KTVA reporters allegedly talking about whether they could find a Miller campaign supporter who was a registered sex offender at one of the candidate's rallies, and about how they could publicize any potential violent incidents through social network alerts. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin responded to the controversy by calling them "corrupt bastards".[31][32][33]

After an internal investigation, the station terminated two producers involved with the voicemail discussion. The station manager stated that "The recorded conversation in question specifically involved how that evening's Miller rally might be promoted and the ensuing dialogue went down hill from there. These particular comments were not in line with KTVA standards."[34]

On November 10, 2010, KTVA cancelled its 5PM and 6PM newscasts that night, replacing those newscasts with repeats of The New Adventures of Old Christine; station officials said via Twitter that the night's newscasts were cancelled "in order to address an internal matter." The 10PM newscast was not affected.[35]


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