Rob DeMello has a life-long love of local sports and enjoys “being able to relay the accomplishments of the teams and athletes that represent our state,” he says.
The Kailua High School graduate got his first internship at the age of 15 working under current ESPN SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett. He’s been hooked ever since.
Rob is the creator, executive producer, and host of “Cover 2: Hawaii High School Football Weekly,” a show that airs every Thursday at 9 p.m. during football season. The show features prestigious player of the year awards that are recognized nationwide, including the Marcus Mariota Player of the Year Award, chosen by a special Cover2 panel and the Mariota family.
Rob has traveled far and wide to cover Hawaii’s biggest sports stories, such as Manti Te‘o’s 2012 college football national championship game; Marcus Mariota’s memorable 2014 season that included the Pac-12 title game in San Francisco, the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City, and his national championship game in Dallas; and the Rainbow Warrior basketball team’s historic three-week March Madness run in 2016.
His close relationships with Hawaii athletes have led him to break exclusive stories, such as star prep player Tua Tagovailoa’s commitment to the University of Alabama, and Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett’s criticism of pricey community sports camps.
In addition to his role at KHON2, Rob is a co-host and analyst for University of Hawaii football telecasts on Spectrum Sports Hawaii (OC Sports). He previously worked as an executive producer of “Leahey and Leahey” on PBS Hawaii from 2010-2015.
Rob is humbled to have won National Sports Media Association Hawaii Sportscaster of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and is also honored to serve as a panelist for the official UFC Fighter rankings, which are released on UFC.com and UFC Tonight, Wednesdays on Fox Sports 1.
But, Rob says, sports can’t top the loves of his lives – daughter Emi, son Cole, and fiancée Tina, a producer at KHON2.