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Vicki Viotti is an editorial page writer at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. She was born in New York and lived in Tennessee as a child, but it's Hawaii that has been home since middle school.


She began in journalism working on the Daily Pinion at McKinley High School, then one of a handful of high school dailies. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in journalism and political science at the University of Hawaii, where she edited the student newspaper, Ka Leo O Hawaii. After a year on a Rotary International journalism fellowship in England, Viotti began work in community journalism at the Sun Press/Midweek weekly papers (Midweek is now part of Oahu Publications Inc., which owns the Star-Advertiser).


She covered news and features at The Honolulu Advertiser, with a particular focus on covering Hawaiian issues and concerns of Hawaii's varied ethnic communities. The migrating into editorial writing, which she has continued since the newspapers combined to become the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in 2010. Local and national politics, as well as social-service issues, remain principal interests.


Viotti is an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is married with a grown daughter, pursuing hobbies in music, theater, books and technology.
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