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

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

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

  Is it the flu or vaping-related illness? Why doctors say it could be difficult to tell apart

Suicides and homicides on the rise in young people in the U.S., according to the CDC

Are your car bumper stickers giving away too much information? Local authorities weigh in

'It makes me ... scared’: Female Myrtle Beach realtors targeted by a possible human trafficking text scam

First CBD guidelines released by the Arthritis Foundation

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

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

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

Back-to-school life hacks for parents and students

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

Pharmacies still facing EpiPen shortage over a year later

  ‘It’s very preventable:’ Unsafe sleep practices common in accidental infant suffocation deaths

Social media experts warn parents of popular ‘TikTok’ app

Beware of ‘sweetheart scams’ looking to break your heart and wallets

  Retailers ready for post-Christmas returns and shopping rush

  How trackable are your apps?