Diane Ako Profile
Diane Ako is an American weekend evening anchor and weekday reporter at KITV4 Island News. She hosts the Aging Well series on Tuesday evenings at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. She previously worked as newscaster in California, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. She joined KITV4 in March 2018. Before then she was working at KHON2 News as a morning anchor.
Diane Ako Education
Ako joined Menlo Colllege and purse her bachelors degree in Mass communication and Media Studies. She later on joined the University of Hawaii at Manoa and attained her masters degree in political science and Government. There was such a strong Hawaiian connection at Menlo that I really appreciated it.
Diane Ako Career
Ako career kicked off as an Anchor and Reporter at KHNL(NBC) in 1996. Her reporting has garnered ten first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Hawaii Chapter, and four Emmy nominations from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
She is a mom an accredited yoga teacher; a citizen scientist with a marine biology group studying endemic ‘opae ula shrimp; a Shinto shrine maiden for Daijingyu Temple of Hawaii; and a board member for one of the nation’s longest running LGBTQ film festivals, the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.
She took advantage of a lot of the extracurricular activities when she moved to Menlo. I started working at the newspaper, where I had a great time. After college, I stayed in touch with my journalism instructor, who also served as the newspaper advisor, for a while. Being a part of the newspaper team reinforced my ambition to pursue journalism, even though I already knew I wanted to work in the field in some capacity.
Diane Ako Age
Ako was born in 1972 in the United States. She is 51 years old as of 2023.
Diane Ako Height
Ako stands at a height of 5feet 7inches tall.
Diane Ako Family
Information regarding Ako parents and siblings is currently under review. However, the information will be updated as soon as it’s available.
Diane Ako Husband
Ako is married to Claus Hansen on November 1, 2001. The duo were blessed with a daughter named Olivia who was born in 2007.
Diane Ako Salary
Being one of the top anchor and reporter for CBS46, Ako earns an annual salary ranging from $ 20,000 – $ 100,000.
Diane Ako Net Worth
Ako has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which she has earned through her successful career as a anchor and reporter.
Diane Ako KITV4
Ako joined KITV4 in March 2018. After I graduated, I wasn’t sure how I was going to get a job in broadcasting. I had focused so much of my work on print and one of my friends who was already in the workforce told me I should apply for a job at this little cable station in Pleasanton called CTV. I had met this friend through the Asian American Journalists Association or AAJA, which again, speaks to why it’s important to join different things and network in different places.
CTV was just a little cable station serving the tri-county area in the East Bay. I interned at CTV and I showed up every day for no pay, and they saw that I was reliable. So after about a month, a reporter quit, and they’re like, ‘You’re here every day. Do you want the job for minimum wage?’ And I was like, ‘Yes!’ That was my first job. I reported there for about a year.
And it was a steep learning curve for me as I think it is for any news reporter. It was a nurturing environment, but I would still rely on former Professor Marla Lowenthal, who was my communications advisor for a long time. We’re still in touch to this day. I would lean on her and say, ‘What do you think I should do? Or how am I doing?’ And she was helpful.
After working there for a year, I decided to take a break, and I moved to Mexico, and I did that for a summer. Then I got a job anchoring and reporting in Roswell, New Mexico, then Scranton, Pennsylvania. While I was doing that, I found a job as a ski instructor on the weekends. Then by this time, my parents had moved to New Jersey, which was just the next state over.