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
Society of Professional Journalists
University of Southern California, B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Communication Law
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Leilani Estates eruption that began on April 30, 2018 with the catastrophic collapse of the Puu Oo crater floor and lava lake, ending a 35-year long Kilauea eruption and setting into motion a new one.