Lori Matsukawa currently co-anchors KING 5 News weeknights at 10 on KONG TV 6/16 and KING 5 News at 11 on KING 5. Matsukawa was hired at KING 5 in 1983 as a reporter and co-anchor for "Top Story," which takes a daily look at a major local story. She anchored KING 5 Morning News from 1988 to 1990, KING 5 Weekend News from 1990 to 1998 and KING 5 News at 11 from 1998 to1999. From 1984 to 1990 she also co-hosted "Celebrate the Differences," a weekly KING 5 minority affairs program.
Lori reported from Tokyo on the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. She reported from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Other major stories include Governor Gary Locke's first mission to China in 1997 and a series of reports on Washington apples and businesses in Japan in 1995 and 1991. She filed live reports for NBC affiliates during the 50th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Lori's personal favorite was when she pulled 9-Gs in an F-16 in 1999.
Matsukawa's professional awards include ARBY Awards in 1987, 1989, 1992, 1996 and 2000, given by the Academy of Religious Broadcasting; a Society of Professional Journalists award for Economic Reporting in 1989 and the "American Scene Award," from the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1986. In 2005, Lori was given the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Asian American Journalists Association for mentoring aspiring journalists and she was inducted into the University of Washington Communication Department's Alumni Hall of Fame. Then in April 2012 received another honor; UNITY: Journalists of Color cited 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. In 2014, Lori was inducted into the Silver Circle for lifetime achievement by the Northwest Chapter of NATAS, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and in 2015 was named the UW Department of Communication's Distinguished Alumna.
Lori served several years as President of the Board of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. She also 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.
In 1974, Matsukawa was crowned Miss Teenage America, offering her a chance to travel outside her native Hawaii. The opportunity sparked her interest in journalism and Matsukawa went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.A. in communication/journalism in 1978. She received an M.A. in communication from the University of Washington in 1996. Her previous work experience includes reporting, producing and/or anchoring at The Honolulu Advertiser, KRCR TV in Redding, CA., KPTV in Portland, OR, and KOMO TV in Seattle, WA.
Matsukawa and her husband live in Bellevue. They have a grown son.