Keoki Kerr - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Keoki Kerr

kkerr@hawaiinewsnow.com

I was one of those kids who always knew what he wanted to do when he grew up. In elementary school, I watched Bob Sevey anchoring the KGMB News at Six, with Bob Jones and Tim Tindall on KGMB's late news.  When I was in the fourth grade, I used to write and deliver weekly newscasts for my parents, writing my scripts in large print and posting them on bulletin boards for a makeshift teleprompter.

That early "start" in the news business prepared me for my first internship, at age 16, when I began working in the news department of radio station KGU in Honolulu.  I soon was on the payroll, covering news stories and filed my first live radio report from the Honolulu Marathon in the fall of 1983.

Before college, I began interning at KITV 4 News, where I worked as an associate producer before becoming a reporter at age 20, after my freshman year at Hamilton College in New York.  I filled a variety of jobs at KITV during my college years, including producer, assignment editor and city hall reporter.

Once I graduated from Hamilton, where I majored in government, I went to work as a press aide for the U.S. Congress.  After that, I returned to the islands and KITV, where I became city government reporter for 12 years and also was a fill-in anchor, police, business and politics reporter.

I began gravitating toward investigative stories in 2002, and have been recognized with more than 20 awards for reporting on everything from human trafficking and a legislator with unpaid taxes to political corruption and questionable spending of taxpayers' money.

I've been lucky to have worked as a freelance correspondent for the Associated Press, National Public Radio, as well as ABC, CBS and UPI radio networks.  I've also written articles for Honolulu Weekly, Honolulu Magazine and other publications.

I was fortunate to be offered a job at Hawaii News Now to concentrate on investigative stories and am thrilled to join an experienced team of reporters, anchors, photographers and producers at Hawaii's most-watched television news operation.