Amy Kawata

Amy Kawata

Video journalist

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 memorable moments of her career in Myrtle Beach include covering Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Dorian and the shooting of seven law enforcement officers in Florence County. She also worked alongside an award-winning news team in Las Vegas 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.

Although she is a city girl at heart, she loves Myrtle Beach and 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.

Recent Articles by Amy

  New S.C. bill aims to protect nurses, doctors from workplace violence

  How a new South Carolina law is helping nurse practitioners expand their roles

  ‘We’ve been blessed’: Downtown Conway storefronts filling up, shop owners notice increase in business

  Grand Strand doctor talks research that finds Vitamin E acetate may be linked to vaping illness

  ‘A very popular place people want to live’: Study on growth, development in Horry County underway

  How Grand Strand hospitals are handling the nationwide drug shortages

  S.C. Secretary of State suspends hundreds of charities, including in Horry County

  Lawmakers working to make Horry County roads safer

  County moving forward with plans for Huger Park in Carolina Forest

  What happens if the National Flood Insurance Program expires? Local experts weigh in

  Horry County police share Halloween safety tips

  Local high-performing schools attracting homeowners to Horry County, CCAR says

  New technology allows first responders to control traffic lights in Myrtle Beach

  Is it the flu or vaping-related illness? Why doctors say it could be difficult to tell apart

  MBFD helping overdose victims through new COPE program

  Conway city leaders discuss possible changes to downtown for new city hall plans

  Suicides and homicides on the rise in young people in the U.S., according to the CDC

  Horry County leaders asking community to provide input on how to better prepare for floods

  Grand Strand Health wants S.C. coastal hospitals to stay open during hurricanes

  Are your car bumper stickers giving away too much information? Local authorities weigh in

  Number of overdose deaths in Horry County not slowing down despite more Narcan use

  'It makes me ... scared’: Female Myrtle Beach realtors targeted by a possible human trafficking text scam

  What the annexation of seven acres of land in Myrtle Beach means for the community

  How authorities are tracking registered sex offenders in Horry County

  Horry County’s Citizen Planning Academy to meet for the first time

  “It’s driver responsibility”: Horry County leads the state in deadly wrecks

  ‘Quality of Life’ court in Myrtle Beach would help keep city clean and ensure safety, officials say

  'It’s going to stunt the growth’: Drought impacting South Carolina farmers

  S.C. coastal cities see strong employment growth over last year, experts say

  ‘Just keep the integrity of it:’ Some concerned over new strip mall coming to Carolina Forest