Sean Maguire was born in New York State, but moved to Australia with his family when he was only two years old. He grew up in Australia and graduated with a degree in International Studies from the University of New South Wales.
Sean says he has always had a strong interest in journalism. While in college, he worked as the editor of an online newspaper and as an editorial assistant at ‘The Australian Financial Review.’
After graduating, Sean worked as a writer for a comedy news show on Australian television for three years. When the show ended, Sean and his girlfriend decided to travel, helping out on farms in New Zealand and even working at a winery making pinot noir.
A love for the outdoors led the couple to Alaska on a whim, a plan to spend the summer exploring. That summer has now extended to three years and counting.
For two of those years, Sean has lived in Willow, volunteering at a state park, working as a substitute teacher, serving as a leader at the Youth Conservation Corps in Talkeetna and even as a dog handler over two winters. Sean learned how to mush, and even helped train a puppy team for the 2017 Iditarod, a chance to spend countless hours on the back of a dog sled traveling the Alaskan wilderness.
Sean was hired by KTUU in 2017, first as a newscast producer before taking on the role of a full-time, general assignment reporter and multimedia journalist.
One of his favorite assignments to date was watching 300 paratroopers return home from Afghanistan and seeing the emotions of everyone assembled at the welcome home ceremony, each anxiously awaiting their chance to hug a loved one after nearly nine months apart.
In his free time, Sean loves to hike with his old sled dog, fish for reds and hunt for ptarmigan.
He is proud to be part of a great news team at KTUU, helping to tell Alaska’s story.
If you would like to contact Sean, to pitch a story idea, please contact him via e-mail or social media.