Brigette Namata says news is in her blood.
Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she never wanted to be a doctor or a ballerina. Instead, she dreamed of being a reporter. “Weird, huh?”
The Marymount University graduate started her career in production, working behind the scenes for Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and National Geographic. She came to KHON2 in 2014 from northeastern Pennsylvania, where she was a general assignment reporter and fill-in producer/anchor.
She has hit the ground running ever since, filing reports for high-profile stories, such as Steven Capobianco’s murder trial and eventual conviction on Maui. On occasion, you can also find her on the weekend anchor desk, filling in for Kathy Muneno.
Brigette recently completed a journalist fellowship at Loyola Law School, an intensive review of the legal system that had her working with a select group of colleagues from major network news organizations and broadcast channels.
“I’ve been covering a lot of court cases, and as a journalist without a law degree, it helps me better navigate the court system. I am a much better journalist for it,” she says.
One of her most memorable stories occurred on Christmas Eve 2015, when a Kalihi family’s car burst into flames, destroying all of their presents. Her coverage earned her an Excellence in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
“They spent Christmas without a car, and without a gift for their children. It was heartbreaking,” she says, “but what really got to me was how positive the family was despite the terrible incident they were in. This is why I love being out in the field. You learn how people persevere despite any challenges thrown their way. It’s inspiring.”
When she’s not working, Brigette enjoys being outdoors, hiking and (“I know, I know”) learning how to swim.
But to be honest, you’ll most likely find her sleeping. “I’m the queen of naps.”