Ashley Nagaoka

Ashley Nagaoka


Honolulu, HI

There's a coffee mug on my desk - being used as a pen holder because I don't drink coffee - that says, "Life takes you to unexpected places. Love brings you home."

In 2006, after graduating from the University of Arizona (#BearDown), I was lucky to land a job at KGMB9 here in Honolulu. As a Kauai girl and a proud product of this state, it was a dream opportunity to be able to come home and serve these special communities that I cared about so much. For more than three years, I worked as both a producer and general assignment reporter covering crime, business, government, severe weather, even movie premieres - I loved every minute of it.

Life would then take me all the way across the country to Washington, D.C. where I served as press secretary for U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa for two terms. It was an amazing time to be on Capitol Hill - Hawaii-born President Barack Obama in the White House, Hawaii Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka in the U.S. Senate, and just so much aloha to be found in our nation's capital.

Love would eventually bring me back home in 2014. My dad - who was my best friend - was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The decision to move back to Hawaii to care for him was easy. Family first. Always.

Before deciding to return to TV news, I was working in public relations at Anthology Marketing Group, one of the state's top communications firms. Much like news, it gave me the opportunity to delve into various industries and community issues, and work with the media to share these important stories.

Joining the Hawaii News Now team truly feels like a homecoming and I couldn't be more excited. Thank you for putting your trust in us and allowing us into your homes night after night.


  • University of Arizona, B.A. in Journalism (Minor in Japanese)

Recent Articles by Ashley

Residents: Growing piles of garbage in Chinatown may be linked to city rule change

  Pearl City teen recounts her slow but steady recovery after pedestrian crash

  A wedding at an off-limits area on Kauai’s North Shore is now under investigation

  Hong Kong’s affordable housing crisis makes Oahu look like paradise

  90% of Singapore’s residents own a home. What’s their secret?

  ‘Nuff already’: Waimanalo park critics protest mayor’s State of the City address

  Family donates letter written by USS Arizona sailor killed in attack on Pearl Harbor

  There will be an empty seat at graduation for teen fighting for her life after pedestrian crash

  First-time homeowners handed the keys to new affordable housing towers in Kakaako

  Brother of man who fatally stabbed adoptive mother speaks out about alleged abuse

  YWCA Honoree: This ‘farmer’s kid’ is making a difference at work and in her community

  Lawmakers didn’t pass a minimum wage hike, but are getting raises of their own

  Fate of bills now in governor’s hands as legislative session comes to a close

  Sub-par Kauai levees mean some could have to buy costly flood insurance

  ’Kal’s Law’ would help disabled people with jobs to keep key health benefits

  From cuddly to cold-blooded, the Honolulu Zoo is enjoying a baby boom

  Lawmakers consider regulating midwives by requiring state licenses

  As confirmation looms, lawmakers grill Public Safety director

Medical marijuana industry hopes an inside look will blow away misconceptions

  Repairs at 3 Moiliili buildings trigger evictions of dozens of low-income tenants

  With repairs on schedule, state shoots down idea of adding Pali contraflow hours

Medical examiner: Woman, boy who died in kayaking excursion drowned

  Arson investigation opened after a burning car is steered to a Kakaako storefront

  As East Honolulu special election approaches, a new issue draws more scrutiny

  A recent assault, robbery at an Oahu mall prompts security upgrades

  A bill to decriminalize marijuana is one step closer to becoming law

  State wants to build huge affordable housing projects with units on 99-year leases

Registration deadline approaches for City Council special election

  A rail station was changed to save money. Now, a do-over could cost millions

  Decriminalizing marijuana among measures ‘crossing over’ at the Capitol