Here are 5 of KTAR News’ feel-good stories from 2022

Dec 27, 2022, 4:45 AM | Updated: 7:13 am

(Phoenix Police Photo, KTAR News Photo/Colton Krolak)...

(Phoenix Police Photo, KTAR News Photo/Colton Krolak)

(Phoenix Police Photo, KTAR News Photo/Colton Krolak)

PHOENIX — After a turbulent, and sometimes upsetting, news cycle this year, welcome to KTAR News 92.3 FM’s feel-good stories round-up.

With stunning recoveries from near-fatal accidents to a Valley dog returning to its owner after being lost for 10 months, here are five stories from 2022 that we hope make you feel good and inspired.

Lost dog of 10 months returned to Phoenix owners after identified by microchip

After nearly 10 months of searching, a family dog returned home safely.

The 13-year-old black and white part Schnauzer, part Shih Tzu, escaped his north Phoenix backyard in December.

After nearly a year of searching, his owner Judy Kula, was starting to wonder if she’d ever see her beloved pup again.

Arizona mother makes stunning recovery from near death in 2017 Las Vegas shooting

The fifth anniversary of the nation’s deadliest mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas passed in October.

Among the hundreds who were injured at the event was Jovanna Calzadillas of San Tan Valley. She was struck in the head by a bullet.

Doctors in Las Vegas did not believe she would survive.

Francisco Calzadillas, her husband, was with her when it happened.

Mesa native Troy Kotsur becomes 2nd deaf actor to win an Oscar

Troy Kotsur won the Academy Award for best supporting actor in October for his role in the Apple TV+ film “CODA.”

Kotsur, who was born in and resides in Mesa, is the second deaf actor to win an Oscar, the first being his “CODA” co-star Marlee Matlin in 1987 (“Children of a Lesser God”).

The 53-year-old played Frank Rossi, a father in a deaf family with a hearing daughter who dreams of becoming a singer. His performance made history before his win on Sunday, as he was the first deaf actor to earn a British Academy Film Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics’ Choice Award.

Valley man inspired by KTAR’s Mike Broomhead to learn to read at age 55

Approximately 500,000 adults in Maricopa County are considered to be “functionally illiterate.”

If you met Mike Austin, you’d have no idea he was one of them.

Austin told KTAR News 92.3 FM he guesses he reads at about a second grade level.

“I don’t know where it went wrong, I showed up to school like any normal child,” he said. “It’s been carrying on through my whole life going through schooling and [brings up] mixed feelings of ‘why am I not learning?’”

Tyler Moldovan striving to be Phoenix police officer again year after near-fatal shooting

The Phoenix police officer who nearly lost his life in a shooting a year ago is hoping to once again be an active member of the force.

“If the department will let me, I’m up to go back. That’s what I strive for,” Tyler Moldovan said. “The injury hasn’t changed my feelings for the job or career at all. I love it.”

Moldovan graduated from the police academy in March 2021 and had less than a year of experience when he was shot in the head several times by a suspect.

The incident occurred Dec. 14, 2021, while Moldovan was searching for the driver of one of several cars reportedly driving erratically near 15th Avenue and Camelback Road.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

File photo of a Phoenix crime scene. A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in Phoenix on Tuesday, N...

Police searching for suspect after 17-year-old boy fatally shot in south Phoenix

Police are searching for a suspect after a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed at a south Phoenix apartment complex Tuesday night, authorities said.

26 minutes ago

Sebastian Maniscalco performs on stage...

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco to stop in Phoenix on ‘It Ain’t Right Tour’ next year

Stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco announced a stop on his tour next year in Phoenix.

1 hour ago

Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Glendale on Tuesday night, Nov. 28, 2023....

Couple’s children were home at time of murder-suicide in Glendale

Two people are dead after a murder-suicide in Glendale on Tuesday. The couple's children were home when their mother was shot.

2 hours ago

Phoenix-based caterer M Culinary Concepts is looking to hire more than 300 hospitality professional...

Damon Allred

M Culinary Concepts hiring hundreds ahead of Valley event season

Arizona-based caterer M Culinary Concepts will hire over 300 hospitality professionals ahead of upcoming events in the Valley.

3 hours ago

patrol vehicle in San Tan Valley nieghborhood...

Teen fatally shot in San Tan Valley neighborhood; 17-year-old suspect arrested

A suspect is in custody after a teenager was fatally shot in a San Tan Valley neighborhood Tuesday night, authorities said.

5 hours ago

Hilton Family Holocaust Education Center, Phoenix...

Balin Overstolz McNair

1st permanent Holocaust museum to be built in Phoenix

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society on Tuesday announced plans to build the first permanent Holocaust education center in Phoenix.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @KTAR923...

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.

Follow @KTAR923...

West Hunsaker at Morris Hall supports Make-A-Wish Foundation in Arizona

KTAR's Community Spotlight this month focuses on Morris Hall and its commitment to supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Arizona.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University: innovating Arizona health care education

Midwestern University’s Glendale Campus near Loop 101 and 59th Avenue is an established leader in health care education and one of Arizona’s largest and most valuable health care resources.

Here are 5 of KTAR News’ feel-good stories from 2022