Yunji de Nies
Updated On: Oct 30 2013 09:55:10 AM HST
Yunji de Nies co-anchors KITV4 News at 6 o'clock with Paula Akana, and K ITV4 News at 10 o'clock with Kenny Choi.
Yunji joined KITV from ABC News, where she worked most recently as a national correspondent based in Atlanta. Before that, she served as a White House Correspondent for the network, covering the presidencies of Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Those assignments took her around the world, but she always knew she wanted to come home to Hawaii.
Yunji grew up on Oahu and the Kona side of the Big Island. Her first on-camera experience was at the age of four, in local commercials for Ala Moana Center, but it wasn't until college at Yale University that she discovered her passion for news. Yunji worked at the campus radio station and graduated with honors with a degree in political science and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Journalism from University of California at Berkeley.
After graduate school, Yunji landed in Atlanta as a local news producer and eventually made her way to New Orleans as a reporter for the ABC affiliate, WGNO. She was living and working in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. She reported on the immediate events, and continued to cover the aftermath and recovery for a year after the storm.
Yunji is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association. When not in the newsroom, you can find her exploring Oahu's many hiking trails, or spending time with family along the Big Island's Kohala coast.