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.
Health officials confirm a seventh person has died from a severe lung illness linked to vaping. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now reporting at least 380 confirmed and probable vape-related illnesses, including in South Carolina.
Summer is coming to an end and that’s a good sign for golfers in Myrtle Beach. With the fall golf season underway and local golf courses escaping significant damage from Hurricane Dorian, they’re looking forward to this upcoming season.
College can be an exciting time for many, but while many students are planning out their college careers, scammers see this time of year as an opportunity to sway students who are looking for better ways to manage their money.
Three students have been charged after threats were made to two separate Florence School District One schools during the first week of classes. With the topic of school safety on many parents minds as school is officially back in session, state lawmakers are working to make those threats a crime.
The first day of the 2019-20 school year is officially in the books and the new school year is underway. This means increased traffic and activity within school zones, as well as more buses on the roads.
In just four days, it will be time for students in Horry and Florence counties to crack open those textbooks again for a new school year. We know getting back into the routine can be tough on everyone in the house and you might feel the stress, especially on Monday mornings.
Students in the Pee Dee and Horry County are officially one week away from the start of the new school year and that means parents and guardians are going through those back-to-school checklists to make sure students are prepared.