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

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

  Bill aims to ensure stronger protections for flood-prone communities across U.S.

  One month to go until school starts for Horry County students

  Phase one of Myrtle Beach downtown master plan underway

  S.C. 544 set to be repaved as part of SCDOT’s 10-year plan

  Is your home secure? Intruders can gain access through crawl spaces

  Experts say retailers need to keep up with trends as shopping habits change

  Local store owners drive business at Inlet Square Mall through an indoor market

  Pharmacies still facing EpiPen shortage over a year later

  Officials: Number of sexual assault cases up from last year during peak season

  ‘It’s just old laws:’ Petition calls for change in tattoo zoning restrictions in Myrtle Beach

  Kratom supporters respond to recent FDA warning

  New Thompson Farm location set to open this fall

  Myrtle Beach Fire Department reminds residents and visitors of fireworks safety

  Tidelands Health using new technique to offer patients relief from chronic pain

  The Market Common facing ‘exponential growth’

  ‘We’re growing exponentially:’ S.C. hemp industry booming; local farmer says it’s just the beginning

  HGTC creates new customer service program to meet growing industry need

  Businesses looking forward to Fred Nash Boulevard connection project

  ‘Don’t fight the rip:’ Parents of fallen N.C. teenager launch rip current safety campaign

  MBFD reminding beachgoers of beach umbrella safety after video goes viral

  City of Myrtle Beach implements The Market Common traffic calming plan in response to speeding concerns

  FBI warns parents of rise in sextortion cases

  Experts say the opioid epidemic is putting people at risk for Hepatitis C infections

  How the global helium shortage could impact the health industry

  Rise in population of baby boomers calls for more senior living communities along the Grand Strand

  New child support payment system in effect for Horry County, Pee Dee

  Surfside Beach police implements new program in hopes to retain, attract officers

  How to keep kids engaged over summer break and avoid the ‘summer slide’

  New study finds teens still commonly prescribed opioids