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

  For visitors and returning residents, navigating traveler testing rules is complicated

  Some lawmakers want the governor to rethink the new travel rules

  Hawaii engineers semi-finalists in worldwide mask challenge

  Concerned residents point to sparse mask wearing at tourism hotspots

  Aloha Stadium to be transformed into a drive-thru holiday wonderland

  Lt. Governor: Current facemask rules 'too difficult’ to enforce, suggests revisions

  Predicting surge in cases linked to holiday gatherings, experts call for strict mask mandate

  Oahu businesses, residents worry rising number of COVID-19 cases could trigger restrictions

  Over 400 Hawaii inmates infected with COVID-19 at private Arizona prison

  Instead of red carpets and crowded theaters this year, HIFF offers drive-in movies

  Political division, voter enthusiasm drives turnout in Hawaii and across the nation

  From socially distanced events to movies at home, Hawaii celebrates Halloween

  Restrictions still in place, visitors try to make the most of their Hawaii vacations

Homicide investigation launched after discovery of a body in Kalapana

  Lt. Gov. Green worries COVID-19 infections could hit triple digits on Lanai

  With metal prices soaring, catalytic converter thefts once again on the rise

Kaimuki association calls on state to institute moratorium on commercial evictions

  Ewa Beach man recovering from COVID has a warning to others: ‘This thing is for real’

  Charges filed against Makakilo hit-and-run suspect, victim’s family continues fight for justice

  Last-minute changes to traveler testing plan stir up questions ... and confusion

  City launches new farm to food program to help feed residents in need and rebuild businesses

A Kailua brewing company calls for consistency in rules after being ordered to close

  County mayors renew call for a 2-test system to relaunch travel

  City halts affordable housing project in Hauula following resident concerns

  Hawaii’s US senators calls for basic COVID-19 safeguards on Capitol Hill

  Hawaii’s congressional delegation disappointed over stalled stimulus talks

  Gymnastic schools, indoor sports operators say they should be allowed to reopen

Community helps manapua man after truck catches fire

  Meals and Wheels works to keep up with ‘exponentially’ higher demand

  With no job prospects on the horizon, some are moving to the mainland