POSTED: 1:22 p.m. HST, Jan 13, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 1:53 p.m. HST, Jan 13, 2014
Justin Fujioka, a chief meteorologist for KITV, has been named Gov. Neil Abercrombie's new press secretary.
Christine Hirasa, who has been serving as deputy director of communications for the governor, will become communications director. Hirasa replaces Louise Kim McCoy, who served as both communications director and press secretary. McCoy stepped down last year.
"Each a product of our University of Hawaii System, the members of my communications team have strong ties in our community and offer a wide array of experience that includes news, public and private sector communications, and social media," Abercrombie said in a statement. "As the newest member of my staff, Justin will further strengthen our communications efforts and transparency as we head into the new year and a new legislative session."
Fujioka joined KITV in 2002, and has served the station as both chief meteorologist and news reporter. His last day at the TV station was not announced, but his first day with the governor's office will be Jan. 27.
Also, the governor's office announced, Keith DeMello has been promoted to deputy director of communications, and Tyler Kruse will take on additional responsibilities as communications and digital media specialist.