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KITV anchor Richardson changing careers

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 05:06 p.m. HST, Aug 02, 2013

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. 

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1local wrote:
non-profits - pay good money...
on August 2,2013 | 03:52PM
stingray65 wrote:
Yes, they do!
on August 2,2013 | 04:03PM
allie wrote:
Shriners are rich. Richardson keeps coming and going though...
on August 2,2013 | 04:25PM
f206 wrote:
Always just a ray of sunshine aren't you?
on August 2,2013 | 10:21PM
cojef wrote:
Good Luck and much enjoyment on your new adventure.
on August 2,2013 | 04:09PM
mosquito1210 wrote:
Good luck! You have always done a good job when reporting the news, ALOHA MAHEALANI!!!
on August 2,2013 | 05:10PM
poipoo wrote:
Good luck to her.
on August 2,2013 | 06:08PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The Holy Grail of broadcast (cough) "journalism" (cough). Get enough exposure to move to a PR job with a non-profit. Even better than becoming a "spokesperson" for a government agency.
on August 2,2013 | 07:22PM
tonosama wrote:
Always tho't she was destined to be the next senior anchor (longevity) replacing Paula Akana, who's good and hanging on, But this entertainment news type of program is not my favorite where the participants refer to theirselves as TV stars. More power to her in her new job. KITV/ABC is still the best news station (not too much siliness and giggling as KGMBTV). Anybody watching Fox TV2?
on August 2,2013 | 08:07PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
I'm sorry to see her go from my TV, and wish her success in her new job.
on August 3,2013 | 01:41AM
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