Ashley Nagaoka

There's a coffee mug on my desk - being used as a pen holder because I don't drink coffee - that says, "Life takes you to unexpected places. Love brings you home." In 2006, after graduating from the University of Arizona (#BearDown), I was lucky to land a job at KGMB9 here in Honolulu. As a Kauai girl and a proud product of this state, it was a dream opportunity to be able to come home and serve these special communities that I cared about so much. For more than three years, I worked as both a producer and general assignment reporter covering crime, business, government, severe weather, even movie premieres - I loved every minute of it. Life would then take me all the way across the country to Washington, D.C. where I served as press secretary for U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa for two terms. It was an amazing time to be on Capitol Hill - Hawaii-born President Barack Obama in the White House, Hawaii Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka in the U.S. Senate, and just so much aloha to be found in our nation's capital. Love would eventually bring me back home in 2014. My dad - who was my best friend - was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The decision to move back to Hawaii to care for him was easy. Family first. Always. Before deciding to return to TV news, I was working in public relations at Anthology Marketing Group, one of the state's top communications firms. Much like news, it gave me the opportunity to delve into various industries and community issues, and work with the media to share these important stories. Joining the Hawaii News Now team truly feels like a homecoming and I couldn't be more excited. Thank you for putting your trust in us and allowing us into your homes night after night.

Recent Articles by Ashley

  ‘The ocean is in peril’: Athlete attempts trans-Pacific swim to bring attention to plastics pollution

Kaneohe couple traveling with their newborn baby shaken after steel beams crash into their SUV

A Hilo man had a once-in-a-lifetime honor alongside President H.W. Bush’s casket

Former dentist found not guilty in death of 3-year-old patient

School improvements could be completed faster under the DOE’s new plan

CDC’s warning to steer clear of romaine lettuce hitting Hawaii suppliers, farmers hard

After breaking Blaisdell box office records, comedian Jo Koy to film Netflix special in Hawaii

Bill Gates wants to bring a new kind of technology to Hawaii: The reinvented toilet

Former Hawaii residents in CA on edge as wildfires rage on, leaving rising death toll in their wake

Bruno a boon for businesses, but not everyone is a fan

The celebrations are over. Now the new mayor of Kauai is ready to get to work

Senior living community faces discrimination claims involving new ‘death with dignity’ law

New bikeshare program in Honolulu looks like competition for Biki

Medical experts testify in trial of former Kailua doctor accused of killing young patient

In emotional day in court, mother of 3-year-old girl who died after dentist visit takes the stand

In trial, attorney for ex-Kailua dentist accused of killing young patient says child was ill

Kahoolawe’s shorelines aren’t as pristine as you might think

Kauai residents receive enticing letters to list homes as short-term vacation rentals

Education advocates scramble to find public school funding after constitutional amendment blocked

State unveils more efficient and environmentally-friendly ZipMobile