Amy Kawata joined the WMBF News team in January 2018. Amy joins us from the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas, where she worked in production at the NBC affiliate station, KSNV. Born in Los Angeles, California and growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada helped Amy discover her true passion for news at a young age. She was heavily involved in her high school broadcast journalism class where she hosted and produced the weekly news broadcast. Not afraid to take any risks and open to a change of scenery, Amy chose to continue her studies on the opposite coast where she received her Bachelors degree from Syracuse University in New York studying Communication and Rhetorical Studies and Marketing. (Go ‘Cuse!) During her junior year, Amy's sense of adventure took her across the pond to study abroad for a semester in London, England. Some of her career highlights include covering the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas, 2016 Rio Olympics, 2016 Presidential election, the O.J Simpson Parole Hearing, Comicon, and the 2017 Country Music Awards. Amy has never been to South Carolina before, and although she is a city girl at heart, she is excited to explore Myrtle Beach and experiencing true Southern hospitality! She looks forward to being a voice for the community. When Amy is not immersed in the latest news, she enjoys seeing the world through traveling (mostly for the food), watching award shows, binge watching Netflix shows, and trying out the latest fashion trends.
A recent study states some teens and young adults get their first exposure to opioids at the dentist. The study also states 80 percent of people aged 13 to 30 who had their wisdom teeth removed filled an opioid prescription.
The Topgolf Myrtle Beach located on the southeast corner of Robert Grissom Parkway and 29th Avenue North is just about complete with construction. Director of operations for Topgolf Myrtle Beach, Jeff Kowalski, says they are on track to open by the end of February or early March.
A spike in a respiratory virus is hitting clinics and hospitals across the nation, including our own. The number of cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or more commonly known as RSV, has even triggered a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Now that Christmas is over, some may be wondering what to do with presents you may not need or just don’t want. The National Retail Federation says 17 percent of holiday purchases will be returned, that comes to well over $90 billion of merchandise.
It’s the season of giving and 10-year old Madison Kirkwood, who attends River Oaks Elementary School, is using this special time to give back to those in need. She says seeing smiles on everyone’s faces is enough to fill her Christmas wish list this year.