April 9, 2012
Contact: Betsy Robertson, Community Relations Manager
SEATTLE—UNITY: Journalists of Color cited KING 5 anchor Lori Matsukawa as a “pioneering Asian American broadcast journalist” in its first list of the top journalists of color in the country for the past century. Matsukawa is joined by some of the most influential and inspirational journalists of our time, including Christiane Amanpour, longtime and distinguished international reporter for CNN and now also at ABC News; Ed Bradley, correspondent on 60 Minutes; and Ann Curry, Today Show anchor.
“It’s truly an honor to be counted among this esteemed group of current journalists and those who broke barriers before us,” says Matsukawa. “I share this honor with KING 5, which has given me great encouragement and support throughout my career.”
Matsukawa has been with KING 5 since 1983 and currently co-anchors KING 5 News weeknights at 10 on KONG TV 6/16 and KING 5 News at 11 on KING 5. A multiple-award winner, she has covered stories throughout the world. At the same time, she has stayed involved in the local community and mentors future broadcasters.
Matsukawa was instrumental in creating the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington and has served on the Association Board of the YMCA of Greater Seattle. In 1999, she organized the Student Broadcast Project for UNITY, a multi-cultural journalism convention held in Seattle. She was chosen as an Asian-American Living Pioneer by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation in 1996. In 1993, she was given the Community Volunteer Award from the Asian Counseling and Referral Service, where she served as a board member and board president. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). Matsukawa is a founding member of AAJA's Seattle Chapter and served as Chapter president and co-chaired its National Convention in Seattle in 1991.
UNITY: Journalists of Color is a strategic alliance advocating news coverage about people of color and aggressively challenging its member organizations at all levels to reflect the nation’s diversity.
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