Beginning September 8, Marisa Yamane will trade in her weekend anchor shift to join Howard Dashefsky as co-anchor of the KHON2 News at 9 p.m. The pair will also anchor the KHON2 News at 5 p.m.
Kathy Muneno will take over as weekend anchor, while Justin Cruz can be seen every weeknight as full-time weather anchor.
“I thank our viewers — our extended KHON2 ohana — for putting their trust in us to inform them about what’s happening across the state. It’s a privilege that I don’t take lightly,” said Yamane. “I am so excited and feel honored to work alongside my longtime friend Howard, who’s such a talented, experienced, and well-respected journalist.”
Also joining the KHON2 ohana is Kelly Simek, as Wake Up 2day weather anchor.
Simek recently graduated from the University of Hawaii in Broadcast Meteorology and brings her skills in producing weathercasts she honed as a meteorology intern to Wake Up 2day.
“I am so thrilled to be joining the KHON2 News team. Having the opportunity to work alongside such talented individuals at this prestigious station is truly an honor,” said Simek.
“We are thrilled about the exciting changes coming this fall at KHON2,” says Kristina Lockwood, KHON2 General Manager. “The addition of our 9 p.m. news gives us an opportunity to bring Howard Dashefsky and Marisa Yamane together as a new team at both 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Marisa has done an outstanding job as weekend anchor. She is also one of our strongest reporters and committed to our mission of working for Hawaii. I am confident that she will bring this same enthusiasm and energy to the weekday evening news at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. She and Howard will be a great team, and we look forward to continuing to serve our viewers in the state.
“We also think the addition of Kelly Simek as our weekday morning weather anchor will add tremendously to Wake Up 2Day,” Lockwood said. “Kelly is a talented, smart and promising weather anchor with an amazing personality. We can’t wait for you all to get to know her. Our newsroom is dedicated to providing news and information that affects our viewers, and we will continue to add more quality content with the best journalists in the state.”