Jolanie Martinez

Jolanie Martinez

Multi-Media Journalist

“Where’s your photographer!?” is a question people often ask Jolanie Martinez whenever she’s out reporting. It’s rare to see her with one, because she’s a multimedia journalist — or, as she likes to say, a one-woman band, where she shoots and edits most of her own stories before the newscast.

Jolanie was born in Honolulu and raised in Wahiawa. She started studying broadcast news at Leilehua High School, where she shared the morning bulletin on Mules News in the morning. Eager to explore the mainland, Jolanie attended Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, along with a minor in criminal justice.

Her passion for cheerleading carried on to college, where she was a member of the ASU Spirit Squad and cheered on the sidelines of football and basketball games (Go Devils!).

In her last semester of college, Jolanie moved to Los Angeles after she was selected to be one of the first reporters at Cronkite’s Santa Monica Bureau. During her time in SoCal, she also interned for KNBC4’s I-Team.

After graduating from ASU, Jolanie landed her first reporting position with KGBT4 in the Rio Grande Valley. It was a crucial time to be in the U.S. Mexico Border, just after Donald Trump had been elected president. Jolanie covered Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the border and toured the National Guard Troops’ base camp when they were deployed to the border in 2018 following the surge of immigrants.

In addition, she also covered President Trump’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy and the beginning of construction for the president’s border wall.

One of her most memorable stories was her first ride-along with the U.S. Border Patrol, where they worked together with state and local law enforcement to stop a vehicle loaded with bundles of marijuana.

After nearly three years in south Texas, Jolanie is excited to be back home in the Aloha State sharing your stories!


Recent Articles by Jolanie

  As Hawaii faces a mental health crisis, psychologists struggle to keep up with patient demand

  Facing worsening financial woes, Biki bikeshare program to shut down dozens of stations

  Experts give tips on spotting fake officials after police impersonator is arrested

  Organizers, support workers call on city to ease restrictions on live events

  Alternative Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony planned to remember loved ones lost

  Waialua residents, businesses frustrated as bridge closure and road repairs snarl traffic

  Protesters demand transparency from HPD following 2 deadly Oahu shootings

  The low supply of construction materials is driving prices through the roof

  As state hopes to implement vaccine passports, some raise concerns over privacy

  Attorney representing family of man killed in shooting says HPD is ‘not telling the whole truth’

  The tourism floodgates have started to open. Some say Hawaii isn’t ready.

  Authorities investigate hours-long standoff that forced Kahala hotel into lockdown

  Green hopes to roll out vaccine passport pilot for inter-island travel by May 1

  HPD chief’s decision to resign caught police commission by surprise

  Oahu business owners say they’re disappointed in lack of clarity over COVID guidelines

  Program aimed at helping bolster local eateries kicks off ‘Restaurant Week’

  Hawaii churches celebrate Easter with socially distanced, in-person services

  To combat rising sea levels, UH professors propose plans to redesign Hawaii’s infrastructure

  Bill that would provide rent relief to businesses advances in state Legislature

  Defiant of city rules, hundreds of partiers fill a Waianae concert featuring popular rapper

Now that the rains have stopped, the city (and drivers) grapple with potholes

  Maui clinic takes critical pregnancy, parenting support group sessions online

  Healthcare center and church work together to vaccinate Oahu’s underserved communities

  In a ‘lucky problem,’ long lines and big crowds now a common sight in Waikiki

  Citing recent severe weather, Honolulu Mayor Blangiardi urges action against climate change

  Windward Oahu businesses inundated by floodwaters hope to reopen soon

  Puzzled residents want to know why a 150-seat luau is allowed but weddings are limited to 10

  Under new guidelines, high school sports are making a comeback

  Under loosened restrictions, Hilton Hawaiian Village hosts its first luau in nearly a year

  DOE sets target date to bring elementary students back for full in-person learning