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KITV weatherman to become governor's press secretary

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:53 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.

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loquaciousone wrote:
I hope Neil stocked up on WD-40 to keep those swinging revolving doors well oiled.
on January 13,2014 | 12:30PM
what wrote:
This is a sign that government jobs are paying dam much if they can hire very well paid TV personalities.
on January 13,2014 | 01:50PM
ghstar wrote:
What is it now - two TV people to DOT (thankless flack job) and one to BWS (to try to keep their story straight and appear plausible). Maybe "what" is right. And now Justin to try and make sense of all the stuff Gov A says? I'd rather guess the weather . . . Good luck Justin.
on January 13,2014 | 03:17PM
Wazdat wrote:
They DON"T make the money you think they do. You would be SHOCKED
on January 13,2014 | 03:27PM
what wrote:
Color me surprised. People doing highly paid TV jobs are ambitious and want to fly higher, and are not the types that would step down to a lower paid lower profile spokesman job.
on January 13,2014 | 08:16PM
what wrote:
Oh wait, I misunderstood. He's stepping up? Color me shocked.
on January 13,2014 | 08:26PM
HanabataDays wrote:
I hope he stocked up before you raided City Mill for their entire inventory to keep your loquacious jaws well oiled. I'd hate to think he had to pay the jacked-up price after you went in and cleaned 'em out.
on January 13,2014 | 02:00PM
HiNaihe808 wrote:
Waste money -- these talking heads lie and make up stories to cheat the public.
on January 13,2014 | 07:23PM
serious wrote:
It's what every politician needs, a professional meteorologist to tell him the direction the political winds are blowing!!
on January 13,2014 | 12:34PM
paradisetax wrote:
You meant which way the "hot air" is blowing?
on January 13,2014 | 03:36PM
soosie wrote:
Congrats Justin - you've come a long way since you started. Good Luck to you on our new position. I've watched you throughout the years and you have grown with confidence in your presentation as a news reporter.
on January 13,2014 | 12:55PM
Kuokoa wrote:
Probably the best meteorologist on TV and definitely one of the best reports and speakers on TV, Now I gotta watch and listen to the others who are loses?
on January 13,2014 | 12:59PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Agree. Da troll should have hired "Lie" Hagi ;-)
on January 13,2014 | 01:10PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Don't rip on Guy, he's cool (and good at his job)!
on January 13,2014 | 02:18PM
kimchee wrote:
I don't think Guy lies. But I don't think he's all that good. His pseudo-proper English with a pidgin influence is pretty annoying. Overall they all get the official forecast from the National Weather Service and pass it along.
on January 13,2014 | 03:08PM
Bully wrote:
No bodywants to work for Abercrombie because he so full of it.
on January 13,2014 | 01:17PM
droid wrote:
Congrats, Justin! From those 80-hour weeks as an AP to meteorologist and now to the gov’s press secretary.

You persevered!
on January 13,2014 | 01:24PM
Oahuan wrote:
Justine should fit right in Abbey's g a y agenda.
on January 13,2014 | 01:29PM
kuewa wrote:
Oahuan, jealousy will get you nowhere
on January 13,2014 | 01:35PM
Shawn211 wrote:
Really "Oahuan" was that called for? You obvisouly sound very bitter???
on January 13,2014 | 01:48PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
I see what you did there. You think he's homosexual, so you changed his name from the masculine 'Justin' to the feminine 'Justine' because you think being feminine makes one weaker, and THAT shows us your attitude about women in general. Well done.
on January 13,2014 | 01:49PM
islandsun wrote:
Havent heard about Justin but Crombie should just come out already.
on January 13,2014 | 04:36PM
Hodad wrote:
Wonder when the last time Neil's wife saw his sausage? 20 years ago?
on January 13,2014 | 06:47PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
So sad, low class.
on January 13,2014 | 08:57PM
Anonymous wrote:
So now Moani 24/7
on January 13,2014 | 01:34PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
on January 13,2014 | 02:19PM
Anonymous wrote:
Yunji yumm
on January 13,2014 | 02:37PM
prest1948 wrote:
One of the worse weather reporters in Hawaii. Tries to be too cutesy and not prepared to present a quality report.
on January 13,2014 | 05:17PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Nice work, guy!
on January 13,2014 | 01:39PM
kiragirl wrote:
No job security especially if his position is a non-civil service one. I predict he has 2 years of employment.
on January 13,2014 | 01:49PM
cojef wrote:
You may be right, Civil Service retirement benefits are better than industrie's, unless he is covered. You can't beat the fireman and police benefits. After 20 years, they got it. However, some cities are on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. Several in California are contemplating this seriously.
on January 13,2014 | 02:04PM
HanabataDays wrote:
I guess you DO have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows!
on January 13,2014 | 01:58PM
lew4543 wrote:
Good luck and God sped Justin. Sound like yu are jumping from one sinking ship to another !!!
on January 13,2014 | 02:00PM
islandsun wrote:
Going up against Ige and needed someone to appeal to the Japanese voter. Clearly they are not going to believe Abercrombie himself.
on January 13,2014 | 02:09PM
RandolphW wrote:
At least, we will have a true professional to sanitize the news the way Governor Abercrombie wants to have it slanted.
on January 13,2014 | 02:11PM
Morimoto wrote:
I think you have to have a certain type of personality to be a weather reporter in Hawaii. Most important is the ability to irritate people to no end with your constant yapping about a 3 degree change in weather and any rainshower over .02 inches gets to be the first story on the news.
on January 13,2014 | 02:15PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Named or drafted? How many applicants were there? Transparency could start with release of judicial names, if that has not been done yet. Oh and I guess now HSA has an insider's foot into the governor's office with the photo op together with Mr. Francis.
on January 13,2014 | 02:17PM
false wrote:
Good for Justin. I've watched him on TV for years and he's always impressed me as being humble, knowledgable, and not trying to be the star. He'll do fine folks. ,
on January 13,2014 | 02:38PM
prest1948 wrote:
False, so true.
on January 13,2014 | 05:20PM
kainalu wrote:
Justin will fit right in to being a patsy.
on January 13,2014 | 02:51PM
Anonymous wrote:
Weathermen lie like a rug. Abercrombie's office does too. Seems like a good fit to me.
on January 13,2014 | 03:13PM
Wazdat wrote:
Can't blame him. NO money in TV news unless you are a top anchor.
on January 13,2014 | 03:27PM
Oahuan wrote:
Justine you and Blake going work Abercrombie over good.
on January 13,2014 | 04:42PM
2NDC wrote:
Looking forward to seeing more of that big head! :-)
on January 13,2014 | 04:56PM
Oilpan wrote:
Great choice! Congrats Justin!!
on January 13,2014 | 04:58PM
dlum003 wrote:
Justin was very very good and very likeable as well. Moani Nabarro is a capable lead. HNN stuck with Hagi and Robbins, eeechk, the worst those two. Justin Cruz is OK. PLEEEEZ no more ding bat beauty pageant queens !
on January 13,2014 | 05:35PM
Hodad wrote:
They come and they go in the dysfunctional administration. Neil s a joke. Too bad the people of Hawaii are the punchline.
on January 13,2014 | 06:45PM
HiNaihe808 wrote:
Dam. Dam. More talking heads. I'm sick of their lies and make-story.
on January 13,2014 | 07:22PM
mjoseph wrote:
Knowing Justin personally, I think he'll do O.K. as the Governor's Press Secretary! He doesn't tell lie's, but he knows how to stretched the truth!....Nah!....jus' joking! "Good Luck Justin"
on January 13,2014 | 08:08PM
MakikiView wrote:
Justin is one of the best meteorologists on Hawaii TV and a solid reporter. I think he'll do great and kudos for the Abercrombie people for going with him. Justin's young, excellent at what he does, and I'm sure he'll prove excellent at what he's about to take on. Best of luck, Justin!
on January 13,2014 | 10:58PM
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