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

  Tensions high in race for Honolulu mayor as Amemiya compares Blangiardi to Trump

  Hanauma Bay is recovering. Some want to limit crowds to further protect it.

  In 'senseless’ act of vandalism, several graves desecrated at West Oahu cemetery

  Papakolea residents raise concerns about growing homelessness in their community

  Former Hawaii residents forced to evacuate Oregon home as wildfires spread

  Fatality prompts questions about how the state handles COVID-19 cases on campuses

  City bus drivers struggle to enforce social distancing rules

  Crowded buses stir rider concerns over COVID safety on city transportation

  In an isolated Big Island fishing village, residents are dealing with a COVID outbreak

  Retailers, restauranteurs call on city to ease restrictions so they can stay afloat

  Oahu church offers city, state help with pandemic resources for those in need

  Laptops and iPads stolen from distance learning center

  Financial hardship drags on for Oahu businesses impacted by order to close

  Some blame a lack of communication and support for worsening jail conditions during pandemic

  City reaches long-awaited deal to redevelop old plantation camp in Ewa

  YMCA Honolulu seeks funding for new centers geared toward students learning online

  24 inmates will be released from OCCC as state seeks to relieve overcrowding at facility

  Students move into UH-Manoa dorms for a very different school year

  Hawaii officials work to ensure USPS delays don’t impact mail-in voting

City’s park closure is cutting off gardeners from their plants on public plots

  Plans for a ‘college bubble’ at a Waikiki hotel are scrapped over community concerns

  More than 406,000 ballots were cast in the primary. That’s a record.

  Honolulu police issued more than 200 citations on first day of park closures

New emergency order closes bowling alleys, and some aren’t sure they’ll be able to reopen

Renters being told to pay up or move out during pandemic could get legal aid

  Some worry ‘there’s no contingency plan’ for COVID at Hawaii’s public housing

  Bar owners feel regulations they face are ‘overwhelming’ as closures begin

  Small businesses in Hawaii plead for government help to stay afloat

  Oahu bars say they’re not sure they’ll survive another ‘crippling’ closure

  Expert: A review of your home insurance is key to preparing for severe weather