Resume

  • Award-winning reporter, on-air host and producer for local, national and international media.
  • Creator of high-quality, original content for radio, podcasts, TV, print and digital media.
  • Experience collaborating with multimedia news teams to tell engaging stories.

MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE

National Public Radio Freelance Reporter
1995 – present
Contribute original and compelling stories to help enhance NPR’s news and cultural coverage of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.
Museum Exhibition Explores The History Of Surfing In Hawaii
These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz
A (Very) Young Jazz Pianist Takes Giant Steps Towards Musical Mastery
Won National AAJA  Awards for two NPR stories:
Soundtracking ‘The Descendants’ With ‘Real’ Hawaiian Music
Nona Beamer: Hawaiian Elder

Los Angeles Times Freelance Reporter and Photographer
2017- 2019
Wrote for the paper’s National News, Entertainment & Arts and Travel sections.
Canoe voyage from Hawaii to California aims to raise environmental awareness, connect with island culture
The life and legacy of SF Mayor Ed Lee is chronicled in a new documentary
Hawaii assures travelers it’s open for business as erupting volcano makes tourists skittish
USS Arizona Memorial, watery grave of Pearl Harbor sailors, remains closed as officials mull repairs (front-page story)
A big storm hit Kauai, spawning another issue: Are tourists wrecking the island?

NBC News Freelance Reporter and Photographer
2016 – 2018
Created original content for the digital media site NBC Asian America.
Ahead of Supreme Court fight, Trump travel ban opponents reflect on past anti-Asian policies
Hawaii reinstates ‘attack warning’ siren to prepare for possible North Korean missile

Voice of America Freelance Reporter for Radio and Digital Media
2004 – 2019
Produced engaging Americana radio features for a global audience.
Tyrus Wong: Chinese American Artist Broke Barriers, Reached Back Centuries to Create Bambi

Public Radio Exchange Independent Producer
2006 – present
Produce stories for PRX stations and PRX Election and Nature podcasts.

APM’s “Marketplace” Freelance Radio Reporter
2003 – 2018
Hawaii’s lucrative film and TV industry grapples with a new… tax rebates

CBS “48 Hours” Freelance Researcher
2018

NPR’s “Here & Now” Freelance Reporter Q & A
2017
Hawaii Reinstating Cold War-Era Nuclear Siren Tests

Honolulu Municipal Television Producer and Reporter
2006 – 2016
Hawaii Five-0 World Premiere on Waikiki Beach

Associated Press Stringer for White House Press coverage of Pres. Obama’s Hawaii visits
2013 – 2016
In Hawaii, Obama tries for uninterrupted vacation

AARP Radio “Prime Time Postscript” Freelance Reporter
2006 – 2014
Father Damien of Molokai: Hawaii’s First Saint (video slideshow)

PRI’s “The World” Freelance Reporter
2002 – 2010
Won several SPJ Hawaii Awards for “The World” stories including:
Surfing Legend Duke Kahanamoku Gets A Stamp

“The Environment Report” Freelance Reporter
2010

APM’s “Weekend America” Freelance Reporter
2008
SPJ Hawaii Award for Barack Obama’s Hawaii Roots series:
Obama’s Hawaiian Getaway
Hawaii Helped Shape Barack Obama
Madelyn Dunham, Cornerstone of Barack Obama’s Life

KQED’s “Pacific Time” Freelance Reporter
2000 – 2007

AP Radio Freelance Reporter
1999 – 2005
Covered breaking news, including the Navy court of inquiry into the collision of a U.S. submarine with a Japanese fishing vessel off Hawaii.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Freelance Reporter
2001 – 2004

ABC TV’s “Good Morning America” Freelance Field Producer
2006 – 2011

KGMB TV General Assignment Reporter, Honolulu
2004

“Living on Earth” Freelance Reporter
2001 – 2002
Humpback Whale Song
Hawaiian Awa

Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii
2001 – 2002
Producer and Host for five hour-long videos on pioneering Native Hawaiian doctors and scientists.

Hawaii Public Radio News Anchor and Reporter
1998 – 2000
Host of local “All Things Considered,” a half-hour daily news show.
Won four SPJ Hawaii Awards in 1999 for investigative, feature, series and public service reporting for USS Missouri Museum.

KITV “CNN Hawaii News” Headline News Producer/Fill-in Anchor   
1997 – 1998

KQED Public Radio Freelance Reporter, San Francisco
1994 – 1996
Covered arts and culture and entertainment.    

KCSM Public Radio Host and Interviewer, San Francisco Bay Area
1993 – 1996

KPIX and KRON TV Freelance Newswriter, San Francisco
1992 – 1995

KCCN TV Freelance Reporter, Monterey
1992 – 1995
Covered news and cultural events like the Monterey Jazz Festival.

KICU TV Freelance Reporter, San Jose
1992, ’86-‘87
Covered breaking news and features in the San Francisco Bay Area.

KSTW TV General Assignment Reporter, Seattle/Tacoma
1988 – 1991
Covered everything from breaking news to natural disasters, civil rights and environmental issues. Produced series on NW Entrepreneurs.

DIGITAL AND PRINT MEDIA FREELANCE WRITER

Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Magazine, Pacific Business News, Honolulu Civil Beat, AAA Hawaii Magazine and Kai Wai Ola (The Hawaiian community newspaper produced by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs).

Volunteer contributor for oral history book projects including: A story on her maternal grandfather, Molokai Pioneer and Humanitarian: Yun Kee Yuen, in the book “Chinese Pioneer Families of Maui, Molokai and Lanai,” University of Hawaii Press and “Reflections of Seattle’s Chinese Americans: The First 100 Years,” University of Washington Press and Wing Luke Asian Museum.

FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER
NPR, Los Angeles Times, NBC News, PRI’s “The World, VOA and Honolulu Magazine.

EDUCATION
University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A. in Sociology, also studied Communications.
University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism (Continuing Ed.).

CURRENT & PAST AFFILIATIONS
SAG – AFTRA, AAJA, AIR, SPJ, PRX, Knight Digital Media Center, Maynard Institute and the East-West Center.

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

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