Diane Ako has spent most of her adult life in a TV newsroom. An award-winning journalist, she anchors and reports for Honolulu's ABC affiliate, KITV Island News. She likes TV journalism.
She's also reported at stations in California, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. In Hawaii, she has worked at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC).
Her reporting has garnered 11 first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Hawaii Chapter, and four Emmy nominations from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Outside of news, in 2017, Ako launched and headed her own boutique public relations agency, Diane Ako PR, capitalizing on her skill set as a journalist and a former corporate public relations director. She helped clients raise public awareness about their brands, develop marketing strategy, increase social media presence, retool websites, write copy or speeches, create promotional videos, curate image portfolios, emcee events, learn how to give media interviews, and more.
From 2010 to 2014, she worked as p.r. director/spokeswoman for luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. Her connections and creativity secured Halekulani consistent coverage on local and national media outlets, including a spot on CNN Headline News and articles in major travel publications like Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast, Departures, and more.
Ako was a community affairs radio show host in 2014 and 2015 on Ohana Broadcast, a Hawaii radio group consisting of four FM stations on Oahu. Her show, “Hawaii Matters,” brought in newsmakers and leaders to talk about issues impacting the community.
Ako is currently a contributing writer for Nella Media Group (NMG), a Hawaii-based publisher for about 60 corporate and consumer magazines. She has freelanced/guest written for many other local publications including HONOLULU magazine, MidWeek, Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaii Weddings, and Hawaii Herald.
She blogs for a hobby. From 2009 to 2016, she penned slice-of-life column “Small Talk” for Hawaii’s largest daily newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Those blogs won SPJ awards, as well.
Now, she has dual blogs because she still enjoys telling interesting stories and connecting with people. She writes mostly stories of personal interest here on DianeAko.com, and she blogs for HawaiiIRL.com, a collective of Honolulu communications professionals who enjoy a creative outlet.
Ako is a Kamehameha Schools alumna who earned a B.A. in Communications from Menlo College and an M.A. in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa.
In her personal life, she enjoys being with her husband and daughter; yoga/meditation; partnering with marine biologists to study endemic `opae ula shrimp; and volunteering as a Shinto “shrine maiden” for Daijingu Temple of Hawaii.