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

  Businesses in downtown Myrtle Beach see increase in sales this year

  Myrtle Beach realtors say all signs point to strong housing market in 2020

  Horry County could soon welcome a new hemp processing facility in Socastee

  Horry County awaiting approval for proposed mitigation bank, possible Gardner Lacy Road extension

  New personal safety app automatically calls 911 through ‘safeword;’ officials raise questions

  Businesses feeling impacts of U.S. 17 Business construction project in Surfside Beach

  Security experts explain how to keep your home security video systems safe

  Grand Strand Health expands behavioral services

  Horry County Schools forms committees to look into ABA therapists for autistic students

  Horry County police offer tips to avoid theft this holiday season

  ‘I didn’t want to rely on opioids as a crutch for anything’: Doctors works to minimize narcotic use after surgery

  Doctors stress flu shots this season as activity rises at Grand Strand hospitals

  Mailing holiday packages? Shipping deadlines fast approaching

  S.C. lawmaker proposes offering incentives to revamp empty malls

  Waiting for Cyber Monday deliveries? MBPD warn of porch pirates eyeing holiday packages

  With another record-breaking Cyber Monday predicted, experts share online shopping safety tips

  SCHP troopers out in full force ahead of ‘Blackout Wednesday’ and Thanksgiving holiday

  Conway soup kitchen offering free Thanksgiving meal

  Palmetto Pointe Boulevard extension set to open by Thanksgiving weekend

  Authorities warn of human trafficking during holiday season

  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