PBS Hawai‘i hires Chuck Parker as VP of Content

Congrats to my former KHNL new director Chuck Parker! He is perfect for the job and he is so solid in news. We still miss working with him. 

Courtesy: PBS Hawaii

Veteran Hawai‘i journalist and news director Parker has been named Vice President of Content at PBS Hawai‘i, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and Hawai‘i’s sole member of the trusted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

In this role, Parker will oversee the station’s public affairs coverage, including Insights on PBS Hawai‘i and KĀKOU – Hawai‘i’s Town Hall, as well as other programming meant to speak to the mind, heart and na‘au (gut) of Hawai‘i’s citizens.

“We’re very pleased to have a news executive of Chuck’s caliber, overseeing quality local programming at this rare locally owned television station,” said PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO Leslie Wilcox. “He’s much respected in Hawai‘i journalism for being fair, principled and even-keeled – and he knows how to think out of the box.” 

Prior to joining PBS Hawai‘i, Parker served as the Associate Director of Communications at the University of Hawai‘i.  Over his 33-year career in local news, Parker was a manager at every Hawai‘i news station and at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper.

As a news director, he won Emmys at KITV and KHNL, in turn, for Best Local Newscast, and he won professional recognition for his work at the Star-Bulletin as well.

Raised in Hawai‘i, Parker earned a journalism degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is a graduate of Saint Louis School in Honolulu.

 

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. One day, she might figure out how to put that master’s degree to use.

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