Stephanie Lum

Stephanie Lum

Evening News Anchor

Honolulu, HI

Who would've known a person's middle name would have so much influence on one's life? "Choy Lin", my mother explained to me, in Chinese means: to go on and on, or to persevere.

It didn't take long for my mom and dad to realize their daughter indeed did "go on and on" the form of .... talking and asking plenty of questions! I'd ask Popo about her secret to living a long life, how my aunties made pork tofu or jai and what kind of bait did my uncles use on their fishing trips.

I remember writing about what I discovered in mini-newsletters and then passing them out at the next Lum or Wong gathering. Once I saw the joy on everyone's faces and the happiness they felt having their stories told, I realized, I wanted to tell meaningful stories that would make a positive impact wherever I went.

At Seattle University, I was often seen lugging around a video camera and tripod gathering stories and spending late nights in the editing lab. After four years of journalism coursework and newsroom internships in Washington State and Hawaii, I got a taste of real world journalism in Guam, where I covered my first major story.

I uncovered health hazards at a popular restaurant and earned my first professional news award – "Best Spot News" as a result of the exclusive investigative report. Working in such a small market, I learned to be a jack-of-all-trades – write under deadline, edit, produce, report and anchor the news.

It was a lot of hard work, but the valuable experience I needed to become a better journalist.

After two years in Guam, I came back home to work at KGMB 9 News and in 2001, moved to KHNL and K-FIVE. My reporting in Hawaii earned me three more awards for "Best General News Story", "Best Series Reporting" and "Best Feature Story". In 2008, our news coverage won a prestigious Emmy award for "Overall News Excellence" and this year, Hawaii News Now was awarded four coveted Edward R. Murrow Awards by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

I feel lucky to have been able to cover a number of important stories through the years like the October 2006 earthquake, the arrival of President Barack Obama in Hawaii and the February 27th tsunami.

Hawaii is my home, and I love to get involved whether it be mixing it up with MMA champion BJ Penn, cheering on the UH football team with Vili, or tackling a grueling triathlon. You can count on me to keep sharing Hawaii's news.

Recent Articles by Stephanie

  Netflix star Kea Peahu’s journey from Kapolei to Hollywood

  A massive catch was put to good use feeding medical workers on Oahu

  Skydiving business to resume operations, but police warn customers to stay away

  Order closing state beaches prompts confusion, even for Neighbor Island mayors

With new restrictions, Hawaii’s shorelines are empty ... for the most part

  National Guard soldiers return to Hawaii from Middle East in historic homecoming

  Hanapaa! Wahiawa man reels in a 106-pound ulua

  Their home, their belongings, their town: ‘Everything’s just gone’

In training canine minds, at-risk youth learn lessons of the heart

35 years later, incredible story of survival at sea to hit the big screen

At 3 Oahu schools, food waste is no longer ending up in the trash

Reporters who covered Iniki never forgot Kauai's kindness

Disney's 'Moana' generates wave of interest in Hokulea, Polynesian voyaging

Golden lei for 'golden years' at Honolulu's May Day celebration

  Special Report: Stephanie Lum talks about coping with infertility

Officer involved shooting, education abuse allegations, Ellison's superyacht