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General Manager Joe McNamara Out at KHON

KHON president and general manager Joe McNamara has parted ways with the Honolulu Fox affiliate, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

McNamara had been the station’s general manager since 2006. KHON, previously owned by New Vision Television, was purchased in May by LIN Media.

No successor was immediately named, but LIN Media will “be naming someone here very quickly,” EVP for television Scott Blumenthal told the Star-Advertiser.

Grace Lee to Anchor Hawaii News Now Morning Show

Earlier today we reported Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman was saying Grace Lee was leaving KPIX.

Confirmation of Grace Lee‘s (pictured center) departure from the San Francisco CBS owned station has come from her new station, Hawaii News Now.

News director Mark Platte confirmed Lee will anchor the station’s morning news show “Sunrise.”  Lee began working for KGMB in 2002 before leaving for KCRA in Sacramento.  She returned to KGMB in 2007 to launch “Sunrise.”  She left again in 2010 to join KPIX as an anchor and reporter. Read more

Rob DeMello Promoted to Sports Director at KHON

Rob DeMello has been promoted to sports director at KHON, the Fox-affiliate in Honolulu.

Kanoa Leahey, who has been the station’s weekday evening sports anchor since 2004, will remain with the station but transition to part-time, allowing him to continue to provide local play-by-play coverage to ESPN, which he began doing two years ago.

“I am both extremely excited for Kanoa, and incredibly honored to be given this opportunity,” DeMello said in a statement. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the position and for those who have held it before me.” Read more

Meteorologist Jennifer Robbins Joins KGMB-KHNL

Jennifer Robbins begins this week as a meteorologist at KGMB-KHNL in Honolulu.

Robbins comes from KABC in Los Angeles, where she was a weather producer for chief meteorologist Dallas Raines. Prior to that, she was an on-air meteorologist and environmental reporter at KBOI in Boise.

Robbins will be a reporter on the morning newscast and a meteorologist on the weekends.

Yunji de Nies Joins KITV From ABC News

Yunji de Nies, who has been a correspondent for ABC News since 2006, is returning to her native Hawaii for a job at KITV in Honolulu.

“It was a no-brainer for me,” de Nies told the Honolulu Star Advertiser of her return to Hawaii. “I just didn’t think it would happen so soon.”

de Nies begins September 10 as co-anchor of the 6 p.m. newscast alongside Paula Akana and the 10 p.m. newscast alongside Kenny Choi. She will also do some reporting for the ABC-affiliated KITV. At ABC News, she was an Atlanta-based correspondent who covered the Southeast region across all the network’s platforms.

KITV Traffic Anchor Yasmin Dar Moves to KVAL

Yasmin Dar has been hired as the newest anchor at KVAL, the CBS-affiliate in Eugene, OR.

Dar is the traffic anchor at KITV, the ABC-affiliate in Honolulu. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, KVAL news director Sean Flanagan saw Dar on KITV while he was vacationing in Hawaii.

“We believe that Yasmin will bring a unique dynamic to our newscast that will resonate with our viewers,” he said in a memo to KVAL staff.

Dar’s last day at KITV will be August 17. She will anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at KVAL starting August 30.

Taizo Braden Set to Join KHON in Honolulu

Taizo Braden is joining KHON, the Fox-affiliate in Honolulu, as a video journalist.

“We are excited to have Taizo join the team,” news director Lori Silva said in a statement. “With his on-air experience, we think he will make an immediate impact.”

Braden was most recently a traffic reporter at rival KGMB, the Honolulu CBS-affiliate. He will begin at KHON on April 30. In his new role, he will prepare stories for newscasts as both a videographer and reporter, according to KHON.

KITV Names Chuck Parker News Director

Chuck Parker has been promoted to news director at KITV in Honolulu.

A managing editor with the station since 2010, Parker has been overseeing KITV’s newsroom since the departure of news director Genie Garner in February.

“Chuck’s deep experience in Hawaii, passion for local news and expertise in multi-platform news generation make him the right choice to lead KITV4 News forward,” KITV president and general manager Andrew Jackson said, announcing the promotion.

Before joining KITV, Parker spent nine years working as an editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Jodi Leong Leaving KITV for University of Hawaii Job

After more than 20 years in the television business, anchor Jodi Leong is leaving KITV to join the University of Hawaii as director of communications.

Leong began her career as a producer, reporter and weekend anchor for the Honolulu ABC-affiliate in 1991. She rejoined the station in 2006 after six years at rival KNHL, the NBC-affiliate in Honolulu, where she was weeknight co-anchor.

“Jodi Leong’s long career in broadcast journalism and strong professional connections to members of the news media in Hawaii will be of great value to our reach and effectiveness,” University of Hawaii associate vice president Lynne Waters said in a statement.

Leong’s first day at her new job will be March 15.

News Director Genie Garner Leaves Honolulu’s KITV

News director Genie Garner has left KITV, the ABC-affiliate in Honolulu.

Garner will be “seeking future opportunities on the mainland,” KITV president and general manager Andrew Jackson told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Her last day was Friday.

Garner joined the station in 2009 from WHAS, the ABC-affiliate in Louisville. Jackson said Chuck Parker, the managing editor of KITV, will be “taking a leadership role” until Garner’s replacement is named.

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