Former ABC News White House Correspondent Yunji de Nies joins KITV4 News on Sept. 10
The Hawaii-raised de Nies will co-anchor the 6 p.m. news with Paula Akana and the 10 p.m. news with Kenny Choi.
"Yunji is a powerful addition to the KITV News Team," said KITV President and General Manager Andrew Jackson. "Her experience and positive attitude dovetail perfectly with her new co-anchors Paula and Kenny. We're happy to welcome her home to Hawaii and here at KITV."
During her time with ABC News, de Nies reported for ABC's "World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer," "Nightline" and "Good Morning America," covering the presidencies of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She also traveled with Michelle Obama to Mexico City on her first solo foreign trip as First Lady. During her career, de Nies has covered a wide range of stories -- including Saddam Hussein's execution and, more recently, the deadly tornadoes in Florida. She also lived and worked in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, reporting on the storm and its aftermath.
"I'm thrilled to come home to Hawaii and to join such a strong and well-respected news team," said de Nies. "KITV is a model of what local news is all about -- empowering the community with information, ideas and aloha." de Nies has a degree in political science from Yale University, where she graduated with honors, and a master's degree in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. She grew up in Kona, HI and San Francisco, CA.
The addition of de Nies to the KITV Team means an exciting new opportunity for current 10 p.m. anchor Lara Yamada, noted KITV News Director Chuck Parker.
"Lara is a phenomenal enterprise and investigative reporter," he said. "We've long been impressed with her award-winning reporting skills and fierce commitment to journalism." In 2012, Yamada won a Mark Twain Award and both a regional and national Edward R. Murrow Award for "Kokoro: Hearts Across The Pacific," her hour-long documentary on Japan's recovery in the aftermath of disaster. Yamada adds, "Reporting is my first love. I try to approach it the way I approach my life: with enthusiasm and passion. I was born and raised on Kauai and I look forward to getting back in the field full time to bring viewers important stories from my home state."