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Mizutani returning to KHON

By Erika Engle

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LAST UPDATED: 12:42 p.m. HST, Mar 06, 2013


Veteran broadcast journalist Ron Mizutani will return to his anchorman and reporter roles at KHON-TV after being away from the television news business for a year.

Mizutani left KHON last March to join the public relations firm Communications Pacific Inc. He had worked for KHON for nearly 28 years. 

"Reporting has been a part of my professional life for nearly three decades and continues to be a passion," Mizutani said, in a statement. "It hit me hard on Dec. 17, the day Sen. Inouye died. I was overwhelmed with emotion and I felt this intense desire to tell Sen. Inouye's life story. It was on that day that I said to myself, 'I tried something new and enjoyed my experience, but I'm a reporter. I need to follow my heart."

It is the second time that he is returning to the station after a short stint in public relations. He left in August 2007 to become vice president of corporate communications at Hawaiian Telcom, but resigned in January 2008. He returned to KHON in March of that year.

His March 29 departure from CommPac later follows the recent appointment of Na Leo Pilimehana co-founder Nalani Choy as a vice president. Choy’s work will focus primarily on marketing and community building, similar to the work Mizutani had done for the firm.

KHON News Director Lori Silva looks “forward to his return,” and new Vice President and General Manager Kristina Lockwood praised Mizutani’s legacy of “knowledge, poise and leadership,” saying his return “exemplifies our commitment to serving our community with the utmost dedication to journalism."

CommPac CEO Kitty Lagareta wished Mizutani well in her announcement to staff members. “As someone who always encourages people to follow their passion in life, I can only congratulate Ron on finding renewed clarity about his passion for the news business,” she said. ”Ron has done absolutely outstanding work during his time with us, and he's a true professional in every sense.”

Mizutani's on-air anchor times have yet to be determined.

Mizutani also writes the "Currents" column in MidWeek.







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b_ryan wrote:
Glad to read he is returning to KHON!
on March 6,2013 | 11:24AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Great news.......Hopefully he stays, pleasant voice and amazing smile. Aloha
on March 6,2013 | 11:34AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Cool guy. He and Jai Cunningham. They're like the understudies of Joe Moore.
on March 6,2013 | 11:40AM
hnlstar808 wrote:
Didn't know he even left the 2nd time.
on March 6,2013 | 11:40AM
kainalu wrote:
I was about to post - make up his darn mind! I didn't miss him at all - the first time, nor the second time. Shall we go for a third? Drama Queen Mizutani.
on March 6,2013 | 12:27PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Have to agree. Boy, make up your dang mind already. And we heard the story of Sen. Inouye well enough without Mr. Mizutani having to tell us.
on March 6,2013 | 12:51PM
Iuki wrote:
Good to see Mizutani returning. He is an excellent reporter and an apparently charming person who knows and values his heritage and that of others in Hawaii.
on March 6,2013 | 11:48AM
hon2255 wrote:
And Finally the Great Ron has Returned to KHON ......for good....right ,that's brah
on March 6,2013 | 12:19PM
gobows wrote:
guess the grass wasnt so green afterall.....goodluck mizutani.
on March 6,2013 | 12:24PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Does Justin Cruz have to return the 'shaka' sign off to Ron? Looks the same. LOL!
on March 6,2013 | 12:25PM
Bully wrote:
I prefer Gina Mangieri.
on March 6,2013 | 12:29PM
kamaleib wrote:
Sen Inouye's story? Like his ties to organized crime in Hawaii? haha just joking....but not really....
on March 6,2013 | 01:58PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Didn't even know he was gone a second time. Anyway, like Ron as a newscaster but that KHON morning show is as slow as molasses. Like watching grass grow. Like listening to New Age music. Like watching a chameleon race. Ok, you get my drift.
on March 6,2013 | 02:11PM
false wrote:
Should anyone really care?
on March 6,2013 | 02:17PM
pauliboy wrote:
We need more coffee, "Rob".
on March 6,2013 | 03:04PM
dlum003 wrote:
Why do people make such a big deal about news reporters? Just as well report on refuse truck drivers that keep seesawing between jobs. Nothing agaionst Ron, but this really isnt newsworthy, especially when new reporters become the news ... Ok now I'm confused.
on March 6,2013 | 03:12PM
Smiling wrote:
Nice guy; enjoy him, but, Ron, make up your mind !!!
on March 6,2013 | 03:32PM
Who_Said wrote:
Wow, gettin whiplash already...
on March 6,2013 | 03:51PM
PaloloValley wrote:
lolol
on March 6,2013 | 05:32PM
ptofview wrote:
KHON, leave the team of Gina Mangieri and Justin Cruz in place. They are informative and a great team that have made me an avid fan of the 5 o'clock news.
on March 6,2013 | 08:01PM
kualiki wrote:
Some people crave the spotlight.
on March 6,2013 | 09:50PM
wasabi808 wrote:
kainalu wrote: I was about to post - make up his darn mind! I didn't miss him at all - the first time, nor the second time. Shall we go for a third? Drama Queen Mizutani. on March 6,2013 | 12:27PM PCWarrior wrote: Have to agree. Boy, make up your dang mind already. And we heard the story of Sen. Inouye well enough without Mr. Mizutani having to tell us. AGREED!! ^^
on March 6,2013 | 09:52PM
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