Dan Carpenter is a multimedia journalist at Channel 2 News. His stories feature his own work both in front of and behind the camera, as well as in the video editing room and through his skill as a writer.
Dan was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska where his interest in photography and recording began at the age of seven using his grandfather's video camera. His grandfather, a dentist, and his grandmother, a teacher, raised their children on a homestead in Stony River. Dan maintains strong ties to western Alaska and enjoys traveling to all corners of the state. Many of Dan's stories reflect his interest in the rich history and cultures of Alaska.
Dan began his professional career in broadcast news in 1999, accepting a role in the production unit at KTVA in Anchorage. In 2005, he transferred to the station's videography department after earning a degree in Journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2005. Dan was hired by KTUU in 2007 as a Photojournalist, working directly with reporters to capture stories from his own backyard and all over the state.
Dan is an award-winning journalist, earning numerous accolades over the years, including a regional and national Edward R. Murrow Award, a national Gabriel Award and a Sigma Delta Chi Award. Dan has received two regional EMMY nominations, including one specifically for his work in news photography. As a member of the award-winning Channel 2 photojournalist staff, Dan was recognized with two National Press Photographer "Station of the Year" awards. His work has also been recognized numerous times by the Alaska Broadcasters Association and the Alaska Press Club, with multiple first place rewards.
In 2011, Dan left his role at Channel 2 to explore the country of Mexico, where he continued to tell stories through still photography. One project led to Dan's successful photography of previously undocumented Yaqui Indian cave paintings, located deep in the Sierra Occidental.