When I told my Korean dad that I wanted to go into TV news, I was met with shocked silence that said volumes. He wanted me to go to law school. Later, he told me that he thought the news was just a phase for me. It's been quite a long a phase.
I can see why he was skeptical, at least at first. I started as an editorial assistant at KNBC in Los Angeles. I was at the bottom of the bottom, ripping scripts, answering phones and begging staffers to help me put a resume tape together. My first break - KGMB 9 News hired me as a general assignment reporter.
Visions of sipping mai tais and getting a tan on the beach quickly pranced through my head. Those thoughts were dashed quickly when I realized how hard it was to be a good reporter, especially when you were on a deadline. There's never enough time in broadcast news. While I struggled, I learned.
I remember waiting for the first sailors to arrive from Operation Iraqi Freedom at Pearl Harbor and seeing the joy and relief as families were reunited. I tracked through Maui's back country for my first exclusive interview after a small plane crash. I was amazed how the surviving family members supported each other through the shock and grief.
Twenty months later, I left Honolulu for the mainland.
In Sacramento, California, I reported at KCRA 3 News. For 3 years, I was part of the team which covered the Scott Peterson double murder trial verdict, Barry Bonds' 700th home run at AT&T park and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger taking over after a historic recall. I spent countless hours reporting in the snow, on floods and in triple degree heat. When I got the call to return to Hawaii and start a new morning show, I came running!
When we started Sunrise, it was supposed to be different from anything in the market. We wanted fast-paced news with an ensemble cast of characters. Our goal was to become the highest rated show in the morning within a year. It took 15 months.
After 3 years of the frenetic pace and endless jokes,I tearfully said goodbye to my Sunrise family. I moved to San Francisco to work for the CBS owned and operated station KPIX. I worked on every single show, and there are a lot of them! I met some of the best in the business and learned a lot, but I knew that after a little more than 2 years, it was time to come home.
That's where you will find me from 4:30am to 9am Monday through Friday, right where I belong.
NBC is debuting a new show called "Manifest" this fall. It follows the return of the crew and passengers of a flight who went missing years prior. Two of the stars, Melissa Roxburgh and J.R. Ramirez appeared on Sunrise to talk about it with Grace Lee. Roxburgh plays Michaela Stone who is a police officer. She gets on the plane with her son, only to return to a changed world. They don't know why, but 5 years have gone by while they were on the flight. Her hus...
Our Hawaiian word of the day is ?Onipa?a .The word ?Onipa?a can be split between the words "?oni" which means to shake or shift and "pa?a" which means affixed or set solid. When combined the word ?Onipa?a means to be steadfast, set solid and immovable. Like the ?Opihi on the rocks, he stays ?onipa?a when the large waves crash upon him. The word ?Onipa?a was the motto of Queen Lili?u?okalani. Although her reign was cut short in 1893, she remains an enduring symbol o...