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Former TV anchors join Ige administration

    Former TV anchors, Yasmin Dar (left) and Jodi Leong (right) will be joining Gov. David Ige's administration.

Former TV anchors Jodi Leong and Yasmin Dar have been appointed to Gov. David Ige’s communications team.

The appointments were among a slew announced for various departments Tuesday afternoon. 

Leong has been named deputy director of communications and press secretary to Ige.

She had been director of communications for the University of Hawaii system since 2012. Before that, Leong spent 21 years at KITV and KHNL in various newsroom jobs including producer, reporter and anchor.

Dar was named digital media specialist by Ige. She recently moved back to Hawaii after spending six years in TV news in Eugene, Ore. Prior to her stint in Oregon, Dar worked at KITV as traffic anchor and social media reporter.

“Yasmin will be designing, developing and deploying a two-way environment online, connecting the governor with the people of Hawaii,” according to Ige’s office.

Other appointments announced by Ige Tuesday include:

>> Darrell T. Young as deputy director of the Department of Transportation’s Harbors Division. He served as deputy to the chair of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for the past 2 years. He also served as chief of staff to former Honolulu City Councilman Nestor Garcia for 10 year. 

>> Lynn Fallin as director of Behavioral Health Administration at the Department of Health. Most recently, she served as the deputy director of the division. 

>> Danette Wong Tomiyasu as deputy director for Health Resources at the Health Department. She most recently served as chief of the Family Health Services Division at the department.

>> Terry Byers as director of the Executive Office on Aging. Byers was most recently the  chief of the Health department’s Maternal and Child Health Branch.

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