Steve Uyehara

Steve Uyehara

Sunrise News Anchor

Honolulu, HI

The first question I usually get is "what time do you guys get in every morning?"

And I almost always hear a groan when I tell someone that we usually arrive at the station by 3am.

To be honest, you get used to it. The hardest part is waking up. Once we get in, we feed off each other's energy and the morning starts to flow.

Sunrise has been one amazing ride, and it's even led to so many opportunities outside the station.

During my career with Hawaii News Now I've been to Rome for the canonization of St. Damien, New Orleans for the Warriors' Sugar Bowl appearance, and got to fly with the Blue Angels. We also went to Notre Dame and New York to cover local boy Manti Teo's career.

We even got to take our show to Hilo for Merrie Monarch Week one year. Every time we talk about it we smile and scream out the marketing pitch they made for that trip: "Sunrise on the Road!!!"

But getting to this point in my career, like anyone who's been in it long enough will tell you, hasn't come easy. Most of us in this business pay our dues.

I remember how hard it was trying to get noticed in the newsroom when I first started back in 2000.

I started out answering phones, filing papers, trying to get noticed with my hard work.

The first time I turned my news director's head was back in 2001 after the Ehime Maru tragedy. Every day we'd have a new box full of tapes coming through the newsroom. I would stay hours after work to write out what was on each tape, organize and label them. Eventually, I had the respect of my peers, and trust me there are few things more important than that in this business.

Eventually I became the weekend sports guy, covering everything from Michelle Wie's career to the Ewa Beach Little Leaguers' World Series run and every UH sport.

But we had the most fun covering UH Football with the June Jones & Coach Mac Shows.

My then-boss Liz Chun and I worked 7-day weeks writing features, taking notes at practice and conducting interviews for the show, while trying to cover our regular responsibilities.

Liz and I became incredibly close... and yadah, yadah yadah, years later we're married with a beautiful son and a daughter on the way.

So yes, she's STILL my boss.

Everyday I count my blessings to be on a show where I really enjoy coming to work and hanging out with my co-workers. I also enjoy working for a management team that respects it's morning show and gives us the opportunity to shine. So yes, 3am is early, but it really is worth it.

Steve Uyehara is a 3-time Emmy award winner. He's also won an Edward R. Murrow and Mark Twain award. Steve co-anchors Hawaii News Now: Sunrise morning starting at 4:30 a.m. Steve has been with KGMB9 since 2000.

Recent Articles by Steve

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  SmartMoney Monday: Using technology to manage finances

  Governor Ige and Other Officials Prepare for Tropical Storm Olivia

  Ask the Mayor: Storm Preparations, DMV Lines, Park Closures Impact Homeless

  How Was Your Weekend: UH Football, Pet Fashion Show, Oral Cancer Foundation

  Photographers Converge on PhotoCon Hawaii 2018

  LaDainian Tomlinson says Look for Todd Gurley and Rams to have Monster Year

  2018 Economics Teacher of the Year

  10th Annual Pau Hana Block Party for Literacy

  Sunrise Shape Up: Flexibility and Agility

  7-Year-Old Azariah Blancaflor Raises Money for Foodbank

  Dave Reardon Explains the History and Implementation of the Run-and-Shoot Offense

  Ask the Mayor: Hurricane Preps, Waikiki Beach Boys, New Council

  Sunrise Open House: Mililani

  Political Analyst Colin Moore Says Ige, Case and Green Frontrunners

  Hawaii Students Can Sign up for Flu Shots at School

  Choon James: Candidate for City Council

  Alabama Sports Director Says Tua Winning Competition for Starting Spot

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  Sunrise Open House: The Metro

  Sunrise Shape Up: Soccer Conditioning

  Sunrise Field Trip: Lemonade Wars

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  Sunrise on the Road: Kaanapali

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