Nestor Garcia has come full circle at KHON2.
The Waipahu High School and University of Hawaii at Manoa graduate started as a weekend news assistant in 1978 and transitioned into reporting.
For 10 years, he covered a variety of stories, including a series of reports from the Philippines, where he interviewed then-president Corazon Aquino after she survived the latest coup attempt against her.
In 1991, Garcia left the news business to pursue a career in government, serving first as press secretary for the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.
“Working for someone with the experience and stature as Sen. Inouye was an honor and a privilege,” he said. “It was also a way to open my eyes to a career in elective office. He was indeed my inspiration.”
Garcia spent four terms in the state House of Representatives before moving to the Honolulu City Council, where he was a member for 10 years.
In February 2014, he returned to KHON2 “because you never forget your first love.”
Garcia has this advice for aspiring journalists: “If you want to go to work every day not knowing what to expect, if you enjoy meeting new people and coming across new experiences, and if you want a job that will never bore you, then this is the business to be in — hands down.”
When he’s not in the newsroom, Garcia can be found spending time with his wife, Karen. He has two daughters, Lyndsey and Cara.