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 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.

Recent Articles by Amy

  Grand Strand doctors already seeing early flu cases, predict severe flu season

  ‘It will shut down this industry:’ Grand Strand vape shop reacts to flavored e-cigarette ban

  Horry County leaders send firearm ordinance back to public safety committee

  Rape Crisis Center of Horry County sees spike in calls this summer

  Grand Strand golf courses looking forward to the upcoming fall golf season

  South Carolina’s REAL ID deadline is approaching

  Grand Strand Medical Center treats patient with vaping-related lung illness

  Construction industry continues to face worker shortage

  Horry County Schools announces make-up days following Hurricane Dorian

  Grand Strand residents prepare homes, businesses ahead of Dorian

  How to deal with hurricane anxiety

  Better Business Bureau says scams targeting college students are on the rise

  Proposed S.C. bill will make threatening schools, churches and public spaces illegal

  Experts warn parents of #hashtag dangers on social media

  Report indicates positive growth for Myrtle Beach housing market

  More colleges are moving to ‘test-optional’ admission policies

  Cyberbullying on the rise: How to keep your students safe as they head back to school

  Authorities urge parents to know apps that could pose a danger to their kids

  HCS officials say to expect transportation delays, ask for patience

  Here’s what you need to know as Horry County Schools opens its doors to a new school year

  Are your kids back on their school sleep schedule? Experts say it’s not too late

  Back-to-school life hacks for parents and students

  Tips to help cut back on your child’s screen time ahead of the new school year

  Back-to-school: What you need to know about the food services program at Horry County Schools

  Horry County Schools continue to perfect bus routes ahead of new year

  Doctors urging parents to vaccinate children before heading back to school

  Conway purchases ‘vital pieces of property’ along Riverfront to spark new development

  ‘Hemp is here to stay:’ CBD shops taking precautions following recent S.C. Attorney General’s opinion

  Copperhead season off to a slow start, but calls are starting to pick up

  While S.C. faces EMT shortage, Grand Strand training program says enrollment is up