Galen Ettlin is a national Edward R. Murrow Award-winning Anchor/ Reporter, 3x Emmy-nominee, SPJ Award winner, and national GLAAD Media Award nominee, fluent in Mandarin.
He joined KGW in his hometown Portland, OR in March 2020.
Galen is a do-it-all multiplatform journalist. All the work here is written, produced, choreographed and/or edited by Galen.
His experience includes anchoring the Channel 3 News weeknights at 5:30 & 11 for WCAX in Burlington, VT, where he interviewed Sen. Bernie Sanders.
While at KAPP/KVEW in Kennewick, WA, he made history as the market's first openly LGBTQ broadcaster, earning a national award nomination for his coverage.
(Nominated in a new 2021 category for Diversity/Equity/Inclusion)
An Oregon group works to preserve accurate LGBTQ+ stories and history in the Pacific Northwest.
For years, many such stories were silenced and disparaged. Now, this group celebrates queer heroes with truth. This special report was the first time the effort was ever featured on TV.
9/11 — 20 YEARS LATER
Oregonians in New York City recount their experience on the ground during the September 11th attacks.
One was ten blocks away when the World Trade Center towers fell. He shares the lesson he and others took away from that deadly day.
(Sept. 11, 2021)
SPECIAL DAYTURN REPORT
Breaking the Stigma:
The State of Mental Health in Schools
When investigators discovered a former student in rural Fair Haven, Vermont had guns and a detailed plan to attack a high school, the state plunged into a national debate. In this series, WCAX investigates mental health supports in schools, from traditional counseling to newly emerging programs, including student-run mediation circles.
In our story, the mother of one of the Columbine shooters emphasizes the need for these supports. Since airing, the series has served to raise awareness of these mental health programs and boost support of nonprofits such as We R H.O.P.E. — helping bridge barriers between school staff and students in need.
(Oct. - Nov. 2018)
2020 Murrow Award-Winning,
The FIX: Mothers & Babies in Crisis
A Vermont woman gets arrested for using heroin while pregnant with her second baby. This year-long series follows her journey—from having her baby in prison—to recovery and reuniting with her family.
Executive Producer / Anchor / Reporter
Anchor / Producer / Editor
NATIONAL & REGIONAL AWARD WINNER
Live interview with
Sen. Bernie Sanders
Four days before his 2020 campaign announcement, WCAX got Sen. Sanders' take on President Trump's national emergency declaration and his thoughts about his potential competitors in the democratic race. (Feb. 15, 2019)
A Vietnamese restaurant's tongue-in-cheek name earned it international attention when the city of Keene, NH took issue with it.
Owner Isabelle Jolie gave WCAX her first TV interview, sharing the story beyond the headlines.
(Feb. 18, 2019, edited by Galen Ettlin)
LOCAL EXCLUSIVE FROM NATIONAL STORY
NAKED FOR A CAUSE
A group of ten women posed nude to make a big statement, then got plunged into the national spotlight.
Part I: PKG
Part II: Follow-up
(Dec. 20-21, 2018)