KITV morning news anchor Mahealani Richardson will anchor her last newscast for the station Aug. 20, and will start a new job as director of public relations for Shriners Hospital.
“Mahea has been an integral part of this newsroom for more than 10 years,” said News Director Chuck Parker. “She will be missed.”
Richardson has worked at KITV for 11 years, primarily as morning news anchor. She covered the first inauguration of Hawaii-born President Barack Obama, was also in Washington, D.C. to anchor the station’s coverage of funeral services for U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, and most recently anchored noon newscasts during Tropical Storm Flossie.
Richardson had been scheduled to take a break from the morning news this month as she is part of the cast of “Gridiron 2013: #SequesterThis,” a musical variety and parody show that raises funds for the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.