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

  Benefits for Hawaii’s unemployed cut by more than half after Congress fails to act

  To woo customers back, city announces Chinatown beautification plan

  The Miracle Man: Retired HFD captain battles COVID, and wins

  Heads up! Honolulu Zoo welcomes pair of new, endangered giraffes

  Hundreds of Korean soldier remains to return home some 70 years later

  Experts: Reopening tourism without requiring visitors to get tested could trigger ‘disaster’

  Goodbye, stay-at-home shags: Oahu salons reopen to rush of customers

  Maui hair, nail salons welcome back clients with new safety measures in place

  Leader of state’s COVID-19 response: Economic strife could lead to ‘civil unrest’

‘Low risk’ businesses reopen with limitations to lots of customers

  State shutdown forces Like Like Drive Inn, a Hawaii institution, to permanently close

  Hawaii’s battered teaching force faces prospect of deep salary cuts

  Waters recede after flooding rains on Kauai, leaving behind a big mess

  Visitors who took advantage of cheap airfare attacked in Waikiki amid growing virus fears

  Driver falls asleep at the wheel, sending car into the water in Windward Oahu

  Local Hawaii Five-0 star shares a special scene with her real-life dad

  Big Island adventurer finds what appear to be live bombs in a lava field

  Daredevil completes heart-stopping highwire walk across Ala Moana Hotel towers

  Lawmakers consider reducing penalties for small amounts of dangerous drugs

  Amid surge in crime, Hawaii lawmakers explore ‘stand your ground’ laws

  State pushed back on plan to house U.S. citizens who left China in Waikiki

  NTSB arrives on Kauai to investigate fatal tour chopper crash

  Day after Christmas, shoppers hit stores for after-holiday sales and NYE firecrackers

  The city is closing a Waikiki parking lot overnight, impacting businesses

Abercrombie: Gabbard should step down now rather than finish term

  Neighbors devastated after elderly woman gunned down outside her home

  As measles death toll grows, some travelers urged to stay away from Samoa

  Crooks stole her purse on Black Friday, but this 74-year-old fought back

  Shooting suspects arrested in connection to Makaha deadly shooting

  Thousands enjoy a good meal, fellowship at Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving