Ashley Nagaoka

Ashley Nagaoka

Reporter

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.

Education:

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

Recent Articles by Ashley

  Roving homeless service center with inflatable tents to debut in Waipahu

Lawmakers hear from Health Department, experts on vaping crisis

  For a 25th year, men march through Honolulu to call for end to domestic violence

  Power bills topping $1,000 draw ire of residents at gated West Oahu community

  Cameras catch men stealing from Big Island Buddhist temple shortly after taking tour

  How much of the Blaisdell’s redevelopment will taxpayers pay for? The city isn’t sure

  HPD: No one will be disciplined after emergency sirens were mistakenly set off

  She put her purse beside her at a restaurant. It was swiped in seconds

  Frantic search for missing pup raises questions about Hawaii’s lost pet laws

Bright yellow garbage bags are the city’s solution to Chinatown’s trash problem

Company determines foreign object found in cereal was hardened sugar

Hawaii scientists say political interference in Washington could impact public trust and safety

  ’Bows heading off to Seattle with funding boost from Hawaii Tourism Authority

  From dawn ’til dusk: City lifeguards push for plan ensuring extended hours

  Experts: Climate change threatens bigger, stronger ... and slower hurricanes

  Schools poised to treat bullying as a major offense on par with assault

  16 states have tax-free shopping on school supplies. Should Hawaii be next?

  ‘Our tax dollars’: Soaring costs to state for TMT protest draw concern

Roundabouts in a Kaneohe neighborhood are catching drivers off guard

  Believe it or not, race to replace Gov. Ige is already taking shape

  As vacation rental cancellations mount, some say they’re not getting refunds

  Vacation rental cancellations send visitors scrambling for other accommodations

  To crack down on illegal dumpers, city wants your help

  Event aimed at helping communities build bonds with police kicks off in Honolulu

  A passenger’s jump from a chopper into Kaneohe Bay prompts federal probe

Native Hawaiian TMT supporter feels the time is now to speak up

Former Gov. Abecrombie: TMT opponents are being hypocritical by blocking project

Ige signs into law bill that kicks off the redevelopment of Aloha Stadium

  City Council passes bill that reserves 160 parking spaces for car-sharing companies

  State: 8 patients have been prescribed life-ending medication under new law