Anchor, Wake Up2Day
Ron Mizutani is a self-professed news junkie. “Before entering high school, I already knew what I wanted to do,” he said.
The Kamehameha Schools graduate worked at Honolulu Star-Bulletin as a sports clerk while studying journalism at University of Hawaii at Manoa and joined KHON2 in 1985.
Mizutani started as a sports producer and worked his way up to sports director before transitioning into news as a reporter and anchor. He’s covered everything from the University of Hawaii Warriors’ Holiday Bowl victory in 1992 to the retirement of Yokozuna Akebono from the sport of sumo in 2001 and the late Sen. Daniel Inouye’s last term in Washington, D.C. in 2012.
“I truly love coming to work every day and I understand the enormous responsibility that comes with serving Hawaii,” he said. “Viewers trust us with their stories but that trust must be earned and nurtured, and it can be quickly destroyed. That’s a lesson I learned early in my career from my mentor (former KHON2 sports director) Les Keiter and it is something I’ve never forgotten or taken for granted.”
When he’s not in the newsroom, Mizutani can be found in the ocean “competing in canoe paddling events and being the best daddy I can be for my three children – Dane, Haven and Tai-John!”