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

  How to better fund education? Teachers propose bumping up GET

‘They swarmed him’: Security guard badly beaten after asking group of boys to quiet down

Skip the DMV lines and renew your car registration at the grocery store

Woman who lost husband in triple-fatal crash calls for tougher DUI laws

Hawaii lawmakers want to fight mosquitoes ... with more mosquitoes

How do we make roads safer? Lawmakers considering several options

Special City Council election between Ozawa, Waters set for April

Deal to reopen federal government brings temporary relief to Hawaii workers

Surveillance video captures suspect swiping 95-year-old man’s wallet

Gabbard’s controversial positions plague early days of her presidential campaign

On Kauai, walk-in voting will (mostly) be a thing of the past in the 2020 election

In the wake of a high-profile resignation, state House updates its workplace harassment policies

Former President Obama speaks at UH Manoa for launch of foundation’s Asia-Pacific leadership program

Fire leaves family’s home a blackened shell, but they’ve found a reason to be grateful

Mom caught in New Year’s Eve ‘mayhem’ says she feared for her children’s lives and her own

Most of Honolulu’s city council has been sworn in, but one seat is still open (technically)

They moved their storybook beach wedding to the hospital to make sure a special guest could attend

Record-setting swimmer’s escort kayaks stolen off Queen’s Beach

Crosswalk that creates a traffic nightmare in Salt Lake also has its supporters

A lethal opioid found in some Hawaii street drugs has been declared the nation’s deadliest drug