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
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
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.
“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.
Yasmin Dar has been hired as the newest anchor at KVAL, the CBS-affiliate in Eugene, OR.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
The FCC’s Media Bureau defended the legality of a controversial shared services agreement involving three stations in Honolulu when it rejected a complaint last week from a local media watchdog group.
Media Council Hawaii filed a complaint in 2009 concerning the then-newly formed virtual triopoly of KHNL, KFVE, and KGMB. Raycom Media, owner of KHNL and KFVE, had struck a deal with MCG Capital, owner of KGMB, to form an entity, now known as “Hawaii News Now,” that would effectively be run by Raycom. As part of the complex deal, Raycom traded programming and control of MyNetworkTV-affiliate KFVE with MCG for that of CBS-affiliate KGMB–a move that basically made Raycom the owner of Honolulu’s NBC and CBS stations. Read more