Mileka Lincoln

Mileka Lincoln

Sunrise News Reporter

Honolulu, HI

After a decade away, I feel blessed to return to my hometown Hawai'i to fulfill my dream of working as a journalist! There's nothing like getting to do what you love, in the community you love, surrounded by the people you love!!

I was born and raised on Hawai'i Island in the beautiful hills of Waimea, where I attended Hawai'i Preparatory Academy. I was a bookworm with big glasses, and I couldn't wait to see what the world had to offer!

First stop: Los Angeles, the city where dreams are made! … and that was certainly the case for me – I'm a proud Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Southern California. My time at ‘SC was incredible! I studied abroad in London, mastered driving in LA, back-packed through Italy and Greece, and spent every waking moment on campus at ATVN – our student-run news station, where I worked my way up the ranks from floor director, to one-man-band reporter, to evening anchor.

Next stop: Texas! I got my start in TV News working along the border in Laredo, where I anchored the morning show and covered the district and federal courts. From there I made my way north to San Antonio, where I started out doing traffic in the morning and left anchoring weekends. As a member of a military family, it was truly an honor to work in Military City, U.S.A.!

From the revolutionary treatment developed for combat canines suffering from PTSD… to being "embedded" during a 22-hour training day with one of the most elite Special Operation Forces teams (USAF Pararescuemen!) – it was a privilege to share the humbling stories of our men and women (and pups!) who serve! Most recently, I worked in Austin. We launched a brand new morning show, and I was thrilled to anchor it. Sure, the 2 a.m. alarms were tough, but I love the energy of a morning show and who doesn't like when their weekends start at 11 AM on Friday?!

Now: I'm finally home! It's a dream come true – made possible by timing, a lot of luck, and hopefully, a little fate! I'm looking forward to meeting the amazing people in our community and telling your stories!

Awards:

  • Edward R. Murrow
  • Associated Press
  • Society of Professional Journalists

Education:

  • University of Southern California, B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Communication Law

Recent Articles by Mileka

  To ease traffic, city makes major changes to decades-old PM contraflow on Kapiolani

  Attempted murder investigation launched after drive-by shooting leads to crash

  Special election face-off for City Council seat enters final week

  Bill to provide $60M in state funds for Big Island lava recovery set for final vote

  Portlock residents asked to cut back vegetation for public beach access