After 36 years at KING 5, Lori Matsukawa retired in June 2019. Watch a one-hour special showcasing Lori's trailblazing career here:
Hi, and thanks for visiting my bio page. I anchor KING 5 News at 5, 6:30 and 11 p.m. weeknights.
I’m an Emmy Award-winning journalist who joined KING 5 in 1983. Some of my most memorable stories include Governor Locke’s first trade mission to China, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and Vancouver, B.C., disaster recovery reporting in Fukushima, Japan and my personal favorite – pulling 9-Gs in an F-16!
I previously anchored and reported in Redding, CA; Portland, OR and Seattle. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University (BA) and from the University of Washington (MA).
Some of the awards I’ve received include the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Asian American Journalists Association (2005), induction to the University of Washington Communication Department’s “Alumni Hall of Fame” (2012), the NATAS Northwest “Silver Circle Award” for lifetime achievement (2014) and a regional Emmy Award in 2018 for my series “Prisoners in Their Own Land” about Japanese American wartime incarceration.
I actively volunteer with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington and the Seattle Chapter of AAJA, which I helped co-found in 1983. I enjoy gardening, golf and traveling. I first considered a career in journalism during my year as Miss Teenage America in 1974. “Imagine,” I thought, “getting paid to travel to cool places and talk to people!”
Born and raised in Hawaii, I now consider myself a Washingtonian as well! My husband and I have a grown son.