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

  Some who got unemployment benefits say they’re getting inflated tax bills

  Scenes of unmasked tourists in large groups stir anger on Maui

  Heavy rain soaks Kauai, saturating grounds ahead of more possible wet weather

  Bold thefts of catalytic converter remain high, slowing repairs for car owners

  Vaccination rates in Hawaii care homes far exceed national average

  Replace Aloha Stadium? The governor is now lukewarm on the idea

  20 years after Ehime Maru tragedy, former Navy commander apologizes in new letter

  Lawmakers explore the idea of unifying pre-travel rules across the counties

  With safety on the forefront, Hawaii celebrates Super Bowl Sunday differently as pandemic concerns linger

  State leaders worry traditional Super Bowl parties could be superspreader events

  Many state workers, even those considered essential, unsure when they’ll get vaccine

  Questions linger over how essential workers eligible for vaccines can actually get them

  State issues new guidance for those seeking extension of jobless benefits

  Looking to revitalize Oahu’s economy, Honolulu mayor considers easing restrictions

  State: Accelerated vaccine distribution plan could get Hawaii to herd immunity by summer

  Hawaii’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off with virtual series of events

  Rough ocean conditions churn erosion concerns around Oahu

  In the heart of Honolulu, a vacant Walgreens building sits as an eyesore

  In new legislative session, leaders seek changes in penalties for COVID violations

  Jet skiers scramble to dodge a massive wave in this past weekend’s impressive swell

After a 10-month closure, the Polynesian Cultural Center welcomes back visitors

  Kona family seeks return of toy truck belonging to 1-year-old son who recently died

  Warning-level swell draws curious onlookers to Oahu’s North Shore

  Hawaii advocates raise alarms about increase in predators targeting children online

With triple-digit case spikes, Mayor Blangiardi focuses on how to move the city forward

  IRS mixup over second stimulus check leave some Hawaii residents waiting empty handed

  Questions grow over lackluster enforcement of fireworks ban

  Wounded Warrior Ohana hosts annual holiday gala with a drive-thru celebration

  Hawaii gyms saw enrollment plummet in 2020, but they’re slowly welcoming members back

  Ahead of what’s expected to be a noisy New Year’s Eve, some are asking for a little calm