Mileka Lincoln

Mileka Lincoln

Sunrise News Reporter

Honolulu, HI

After a decade away, I feel blessed to return to my hometown Hawai'i to fulfill my dream of working as a journalist! There's nothing like getting to do what you love, in the community you love, surrounded by the people you love!!

I was born and raised on Hawai'i Island in the beautiful hills of Waimea, where I attended Hawai'i Preparatory Academy. I was a bookworm with big glasses, and I couldn't wait to see what the world had to offer!

First stop: Los Angeles, the city where dreams are made! … and that was certainly the case for me – I'm a proud Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Southern California. My time at ‘SC was incredible! I studied abroad in London, mastered driving in LA, back-packed through Italy and Greece, and spent every waking moment on campus at ATVN – our student-run news station, where I worked my way up the ranks from floor director, to one-man-band reporter, to evening anchor.

Next stop: Texas! I got my start in TV News working along the border in Laredo, where I anchored the morning show and covered the district and federal courts. From there I made my way north to San Antonio, where I started out doing traffic in the morning and left anchoring weekends. As a member of a military family, it was truly an honor to work in Military City, U.S.A.!

From the revolutionary treatment developed for combat canines suffering from PTSD… to being "embedded" during a 22-hour training day with one of the most elite Special Operation Forces teams (USAF Pararescuemen!) – it was a privilege to share the humbling stories of our men and women (and pups!) who serve! Most recently, I worked in Austin. We launched a brand new morning show, and I was thrilled to anchor it. Sure, the 2 a.m. alarms were tough, but I love the energy of a morning show and who doesn't like when their weekends start at 11 AM on Friday?!

Now: I'm finally home! It's a dream come true – made possible by timing, a lot of luck, and hopefully, a little fate! I'm looking forward to meeting the amazing people in our community and telling your stories!


  • Edward R. Murrow
  • Associated Press
  • Society of Professional Journalists


  • University of Southern California, B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Communication Law

Recent Articles by Mileka

  2 Hawaii residents on quarantined cruise ship off Japan contract coronavirus

  New study paints alarming picture of sex trafficking in Hawaii

  Volunteers gather for point-in-time count to get better sense of Hawaii’s homeless population

  Traveling soon? Time’s running out to get a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license

  From record heat to TMT protests, these were some of the biggest stories of 2019

Bed Bath and Beyond to close Oahu location, becoming latest big-box store to shut down

  Training recognizes key role hotel industry could play in cracking down on sex trafficking

  Authorities seek ways to protect children in the islands from sexual exploitation

  20 years ago, a killer shattered the morning calm and changed Hawaii forever

Waimanalo park redevelopment project still on hold

  City pledges to press forward with controversial Waimanalo park project despite arrests

  City: Park security program leading to lower vandalism repair costs

  Council considers single-use plastics ban while industry seeks ‘carrot-based’ model

  Under bill, lifeguards would cover beaches from sunup to sundown

  Kailua farmers market forced to relocate after DOE complaints

  ‘Kaulana never had a chance’: Father of hit-and-run victim takes stand

  2 suspects charged in connection with Pearl City nightclub shooting

  Climate change, Rapid Ohia Death among issues discussed at Hawaii Conservation Conference

  Months after large sinkhole opened in Kailua, there’s still no timeline for repairs

  Police suspect heavy equipment blaze at controversial development was intentionally set

  Puna residents identify reopening Hwy 132 as a top priority one year after eruption

  1 year ago, a catastrophic collapse at Puu Oo crater changed everything

  Tradition, community central to Hoike night at Merrie Monarch Festival

  To ease traffic, city makes major changes to decades-old PM contraflow on Kapiolani

  Attempted murder investigation launched after drive-by shooting leads to crash

  Special election face-off for City Council seat enters final week

  Bill to provide $60M in state funds for Big Island lava recovery set for final vote

  Portlock residents asked to cut back vegetation for public beach access

  Kuleana land parcels on Facebook CEO’s Kauai estate sold at auction

  Twin boys riding bikes seriously injured after being struck in Kailua